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The sources I consulted (HowJsay, Forvo, Wordreference) say the “s” is not silent. So it may be an exception from the rule, such as “autobus”, “tennis”. Can you confirm that?

The reason I ask is because in Canadian English the “s” is silent and as a borrowing from French, that would be strange.

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    Guess I was wrong then! Wiktionary, thou hast failed me. – please delete me Jan 17 '12 at 15:34
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    This is a weird question. You don't believe the dictionary but you believe anonymous internet strangers? – Najib Idrissi Feb 9 '18 at 12:52
  • @Evpok La réponse sur la prononciation en anglais « may-chif » ressemblait en fait à la prononciation française du mot métchif, la langue mixte dont on parlait. Le lien c'est que le mot est basé sur l'ancien adjectif, qu'a utilisé Chateaubriand, métif. L'article W. dit ensuite : « En français du Québec, le /t/ devant /i/, /y/, /j/, /ɥ/ est régulièrement affriqué en [ts], rarement en [tʃ] (métsif ou métchif) » (Wikipédia). Pas exactement une réponse mais comme un éclairage intéressant... Merci. – user3177 Feb 13 '18 at 4:47
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I confirm the s is not silent, like in tennis.

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    It's pronounced may-tiss. – SteeveDroz Jan 15 '12 at 12:03
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In the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA):

/me.tis/

Like you would pronounce the verb “tisser” at the first person singular: “tisse”.

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