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There is a supermarket called Meijer near my house, how do you pronounce 'Meijer' ? Does it sound like 'mire' ?

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    If they are near your house, have you thought about going there and asking them yourself? I don' t think they use shibboleths to determine who can enter the store. – Canis Lupus Aug 23 '14 at 1:30
  • This isn't really an English question. The name is of Dutch origin, and in Dutch sounds similar to Meyer. However, that doesn't mean the family pronounces it that way. Your best bet is to go to the store and find out how they say it, as Jim suggests. – Wlerin Aug 23 '14 at 1:35
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    This question is not about the English Language. – Canis Lupus Aug 23 '14 at 1:42
  • Actually it sounds like 'mire' according to what I heard from the broadcast in that market, but I don't know whether it was native and where did 'j' go in that pronunciation. – booksee Aug 23 '14 at 1:49
  • @booksee The j is a y sound. It's the glide between the two syllables of Meyer, or mire if you pronounce mire with two syllables (and identical to Meyer). – Wlerin Aug 23 '14 at 2:26
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How do you pronounce 'Meijer' ?

I pronounce it like Meyer.

Does it sound like 'mire' ?

I used to shop in a Meijer store and the pronunciation my ear heard is like Meyer rather than mire. However, it's possible the ads, announcements, etc were using the latter pronunciation and that I wasn't hearing the difference. In some accents the two pronunciations are not far apart.

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    I have also heard it called Meyer, which for some people is the same as mire. To be clear, the store name is definitely pronounced so that there are two distinct syllables. I say this as someone who has spent a lot of time in western Michigan, though I'm not from there. – John Y Aug 23 '14 at 2:19
  • I felt surprised once I heard 'mire' in the ad because I would pronounce it like 'major' or 'mayjer' instead of 'mire'. Anyway, next time I will ask some assistants in Meijer and see if they give me same answer. – booksee Aug 23 '14 at 4:18
  • @booksee Major is definitely not likely to be the intended pronunciation. As others have said, it's a Dutch name, and in Dutch, the letter j is not pronounced as the j in jew in English, but as the y in yew. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Aug 23 '14 at 14:05

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