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Help with pronounciation, "Xiuhcoatl"

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Bwana John, Feb 9, 2020.

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  1. Bwana John

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    Mexican Army general Issue rifle FX-05, or Fire Serpent in english, Serpiente de fuego in Spanish

    The soldados I spoke with just called it the FX, some used serpiente de fuego, while a couple called it xiuhcoatl, but between my poor hearing, and the use of sounds I don't think we have in english I could never catch the pronounceation.

    How is it prononced in the Aztec language? ( in phonetic english)?

    Something like zee-ah-quat-tel, but with sounds coming from your throat, not your mouth
     
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  2. gotboostvr

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    Pretty sure it'd be "we-coat-el"

    I'm just a gringo with a little high school Spanish though, so I wouldn't bet the bank on it.
     
  3. Dave DeLaurant

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    At about 14 seconds into this video the presenter points to the logo and pronounces it (with great subtlety):

     
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    Chi-quat?
     
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    she-ka-wa-... then swallow the tal?

    she-ah-qua... then swallow the tul?

    I can't find any glyph to english translator on the web!
     
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    But trail off the “L” at the end. It’s there, but you don’t say it loud.
    Like my boots in the hallway, they’re there, in the way again, but I don’t want to hear about it...;)
     
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    NFL season is over, slow Sunday. :rofl:
     
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    Shee - quawtl, but only tap the front side of the L to make the back side of the T softer (not quite a DL, but not a hard “Tih” t sound either). Enough T to not be a quah, but not like cumquat either. For an English speaker, the “shee” should be ALMOST a “chee” sound also, but don’t overcommit away from the sh sound, as it’s not a hard CH.
     
  10. Bwana John

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    It was a little easier to say when they were all issued the hea-tres (G-3)

    They all seemed to like the new 5.56mm rifle, with both lighter weight and lighter recoil. They also liked the plastic aspect as it is easier to take care of.

    Not one said anything about missing the more powerful 7.62mm caliber.

    The FX does not sling carry as well as the G-3, it appeared to stick out and not lay as flat against the body.
     
  11. Archie

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    At 14 seconds on the video the explainer points to the logo and says '...logo of chee ko wock...' Looks like one of curvy snakes popular in Aztec mythology. I found it on Wiki; it is THE curvy snake of Aztec mythology. Wiki has a pronunciation guide for the language; I make it out as 'seewh - ko - atel' but do not make the last bit two syllables, run it all together.

    Looks like Varminterror came with functionally the same as I did.
     
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    Zhi-qua-tle with the tle trailing off like when you say turtle.
     
  13. chicharrones

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    I betcha I can pronounce it better with several shots of bourbon in my belly.
     
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    I avoid anything I cannot pronounce. And snakes. Hate snakes. And weird.
     
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