Why do people make the "uh" pronunciation instead of "ee" with certain words?
Like mex-uh-co instead of mex-ee-co. Or uh-vent instead of ee-vent.
- SumDudeLv 78 months agoFavourite answer
Uh are the only one I have "heard" do this / some people are lazy linguists.
- GypsyfishLv 78 months ago
Gretchen is right. But in English, it would never be mex-ee-co. It's true that in Spanish, the letter "i" is pronounced "ee". For some Spanish words, we do copy the pronunciation- as in tor-tee-ya". But most country names and different in different languages. In English, it's usually pronounce Mex-short i-co--- The i as in it, not the schwa.
The stress timing in English and the schwa for unstressed vowels is why people say "I'm gonna", with the final sound being the "uh".
- Gretchen SLv 78 months ago
That's the unstressed vowel known as schwa. It's normal, natural, and correct to pronounce your two examples in that way and in fact most words follow that rule.