What is "Negra Modelo"?
Negra Modelo is a Mexican lager. ‘Negra’ is Spanish for ‘black’, and ‘modelo’ means ‘model’. Unlike most Spanish words, ‘modelo’ is invariable – which means it ends in ‘–o’ regardless of gender. This explains why ‘negra’ is feminine (ends in ‘-a’) when ‘modelo’ seems to be a masculine noun, because it ends in ‘-o’. For people who know a little Spanish ‘Negra Modelo’ seems somehow wrong, because you expect the endings to agree.
Edit – please take a look at the comments. The explanation Patrick gives, namely that ‘negra’ refers to ‘cerveza’ (beer) makes very good sense to me. You still have an awkward juxtaposition of masculine and feminine endings – but these things are always easier to remember if there is a good reason for them.
I have given the correct pronunciation in Spanish, as well as an anglicized version: – it is up to you to choose how to say Negra Modelo.
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