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Jefe — Chief

Chief jefe spanish english

Chief, and the Span­ish for the same, Jefe, both come from the same root: the French chef, which means the same.

But this is odd as they sound so dif­fer­ent! How are they re­lat­ed?

It’s not ob­vi­ous, but it’s easy once you un­der­stand the pat­tern: The Latin sound “sh” and very sim­i­lar sounds (such as the “ch” and “sy”) al­most al­ways be­came a “j” in Span­ish. Like syrup and jarabe. Not ob­vi­ous!

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