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First of all I'm asking this question. Because, I had always pronounced the name Jesus a little different than the way I was corrected by my niece a couple days ago. Therefore, I would like to get the right way of saying this once for all.

Well here is what I had always said: "sheezus"

Here is what she told me to say: "geesoos"

Here is what I found on Cambridge Dictionary: "dʒizəs" which I think it sound close to the way I used to say it but my listening is not perfect though. ):

Ok, well. Since my first language is Spanish I looked up for the way to prounciate it in Spanish and this is what I found: "yisus" which is the same as my niece told me. Below is the link for a Yahoo answer where they say "yisus" is the right way of saying Jesus.

Link: https://espanol.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090917132259AA3ZTRO

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    Are you asking about the common Spanish name for an athlete or the Son of God religious name? Both of those, though spelled the same way, are pronounced differently. – Peter May 14 '16 at 4:07
  • Tell me both of them – Manuel Hernandez May 14 '16 at 4:27
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    In English the "J" definitely isn't pronounced as a "y", it's like the "j" in "jeans". Using a "y" is trying to mix in a Hebrew or Aramaic pronunciation from "Yeshua", which ended up as "Jesus" in English. – nnnnnn May 14 '16 at 5:05
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    No, the "j" in "jeans" (as in blue denim jeans) is not pronounced as a "y" in English. It's like "gee". The way "Jesus" is pronounced in this video is pretty normal: youtube.com/watch?v=SzscIX9p_9o – nnnnnn May 14 '16 at 5:11
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    @Nihilist_Frost. Yes, I have a Mexican friend who speaks very good English, but he often pronounces Js as Ys. Also the opposite: he (and other native Spanish speakers I've known) will pronounce some Ys as Js, e.g., he says the colour yellow as "jello". – nnnnnn May 14 '16 at 6:23
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First of all I'm asking this question. Because, I had always pronounced the name Jesus a little different than the way I was corrected by my niece a couple days ago. Therefore, I would like to get the right way of saying this once for all.

Well here is what I had always said: "sheezus"

Close to the English pronunciation, but the initial consonant is wrong; it is /d͡ʒ/ not your /ʃ/.

Here is what she told me to say: "geesoos"

Is this /d͡ʒisus/? If it is, it's incorrect.

Here is what I found on Cambridge Dictionary: "dʒizəs" which I think it sound close to the way I used to say it but my listening is not perfect though. ):

This pronunciation applies to the religious figure only.

Let's actually tackle your question:

Ok, well. Since my first language is Spanish I looked up for the way to prounciate it in Spanish and this is what I found: "yisus" which is the same as my niece told me. Below is the link for a Yahoo answer where they say "yisus" is the right way of saying Jesus.

The problem here is that Spanish has no d͡ʒ. It does have ʝ which is spelled as Y there, hence it being transcribed "yisus". In addition, Spanish has no /z/ phoneme, hence the "s" where /z/ should go. Given your transcription of your own pronunciation, I think you already know how to make a /z/ sound.

The schwa (it's the U in "Jesus"), is a different problem which has been tackled to death a million times already. Just Google it.

By the way, this is /d͡ʒ/.


A big catch: The religious figure Jesus, and Spanish-speaking people named Jesus are pronounced very differently in English.

Jesus of Nazareth: /d͡ʒiːzəs/. The name of the son of God has been Anglicized.

Spanish-speaking people called Jesus: /heɪsus/. This is to approximate Spanish /xesus/.

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