The following is a guide on the proper way to pronounce the word “Belize” and “Belizean”. The word “Belize” consists of two syllables. The first syllable rhymes with “Bee”. The second syllable rhymes with “Lease” but ends with a “Z”.
Belize pronounced bɛˈliːz listen (formerly British Honduras), is an English-speaking country in Central America bounded on the north by Mexico, on the east by the Caribbean sea, and on the west and south by Guatemala. A former British Colony, it covers an area of 8,867 square miles and has a population of approximately 395,000 (2018 projection). Belize gained its independence from Great Britain in 1981 and is a member of the British Commonwealth and the United Nations. Capital: City Of Belmopan.
Belizean pronounced bɛˈliːz ean is a national or resident of the Central American nation of Belize, located on the Yucatan Peninsula and the northernmost nation in Central America immediately south of Mexico.
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Area: 22,966 sq. km. (8,867 sq. mi.); slightly larger than El Salvador and twice the size of Jamaica. Cities: Capital- City Of Belmopan (June 2010 pop. est. 21,100). Other cities and towns -Belize City (75,200), Corozal (12,300), Orange Walk (18,300), San Ignacio and Santa Elena (21,100), Dangriga (13,000), Punta Gorda (6,400), and San Pedro (12,600). Terrain: Flat and coastline, mountains in interior. Climate: Subtropical (dry and wet seasons). Hot and humid. Annual Belize Rainfall ranges from 60 inches in the north to 200 inches in the south.
Nationality: Noun and adjective – Belizean(s). Population 2018 projection is 395,000. Annual population growth rate (2009 est.): 2.154%. Ethnic groups: Latino, Creole, Garifuna, Mayan, East Indian, Lebanese, Mennonite. Religions: Roman Catholic, Anglican, Methodist, Mennonite, other Protestant, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist. Languages: English, Spanish, Mayan, Garifuna. It stands out as the country with the largest ratio of land to people. Unlike its neighbors and other developed countries, the country is uncrowded and full of wide open spaces About half the population lives in rural areas. About one-fourth live in Belize City, the principal port, commercial center, and former capital. More than one-third of the population is younger than 14 years of age. Most Belizeans are Latinos – about 50%; about 25.0% are of African and Afro- European (Creole) ancestry; about 11.0% are Maya; and about 6.0% are Afro- Amerindian (Garifuna). The remainder, about 8.0%, includes European, East Indian, Chinese, Middle Eastern, and North American groups.