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how do you pronounce chipotle?

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urtwistingmymelonman Wed 17-Jul-13 08:03:15

I know I should get a life but this really bugs me!
I pronounce it chi-pot-all.
americans pronounce it chee-pot-lay.
who is correct?

PollyPlummer Wed 17-Jul-13 08:06:11

I say chip ol tay not too sure if thats right though

Trills Wed 17-Jul-13 08:08:14

"lay" at the end.

(like "chip" but without the P, not the eee sound of chee)
(emphasis on this syllable)

ThatPoshBird Wed 17-Jul-13 08:08:26

You can listen to the correct pronunciation here:

It's a Mexican Spanish word - so I would go with the Spanish pronunciation. That said - not all Americans pronounce Spanish words correctly. ;)

MackerelOfFact Wed 17-Jul-13 08:21:26

I say chip-o-lay. The t just sounds wrong. I suspect this isn't correct. grin

Trills Wed 17-Jul-13 08:29:11

The question was "how do you pronounce chipotle?" so I answered grin

MrsHowardRoark Wed 17-Jul-13 08:29:13

I say chip-oat-lay but I'm not sure if that's right and this word has always slightly irked me too.

Erato Wed 17-Jul-13 08:37:20

If I'm trying to pronounce it right I say chi-poh-tlay. Most of the time at home I say chip-ot-all though because I think it sounds funnier... Either way it tastes good.

I don't get too hung up on correct pronunciation of things like this, because to pronounce it truly correctly you have to temporarily adopt a different accent therefore sounding a bit like a wanker.

toasterstrudel Wed 17-Jul-13 08:41:47

Chip-oat-lay !

toasterstrudel Wed 17-Jul-13 08:44:43

Oops posted too soon There's a chain restaurant in California and that's how they pronounce it - I'd imagine this is accurate only because of the large Mexican population there / the prevalence of Mexican food - but I may be wrong!

multitask Wed 17-Jul-13 08:50:54

Have a gander here

urtwistingmymelonman Wed 17-Jul-13 18:35:18

I agree with erato and just tend to say things how I read them.
sometimes people saying the correct pronunciation in the correct accent always sounds a bit pretentious to me.
I know a guy who pronounces chorizo choreetho in a Spanish accent and he always sounds like a bit of a

JamNan Wed 17-Jul-13 20:11:09


CunningAtBothEnds Wed 17-Jul-13 20:50:32

Chee-polll-tay here

FairyThunderthighs Wed 17-Jul-13 20:59:56

Blonde moment (not bad considering I currently have pink hair) I always read it as "chi-POE-tle"! It' s not a word I have ever heard spoken out loud!

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