Originally Posted by SlingMomEsq
Seems the consensus is more like "May Die" (may as in maybe....)
But even though I knew/know that.....I still pronounce it incorrectly (my tie) because I hear it so much.....and I anticipate that the English version will end up that way too because that is how the trend is going here I think. I think it will be sort of like other words we intentionally mispronouce from other languages.
And the spelling Mei Tai......I just spell Mei Tei now.
I asked my Chinese-major friend (who lives in Oz) and she said that the 'd' is more of a 'ancient' pronounciation (whatever that means!) and that she would say, just looking at it, that she would say 'may tay'! :LOL I think we can all use a variety and be close, apparently.