Is there any sense to these things? One, 2, and 3 syllable words, easy-to-mispronounce words, sheesh…who makes these things up? Lima has 2 different pronunciations even in English, fer pete’s sake*. And who stuck Quebec in there? Most of it is just that you learn it, of course, so you hear what you’re used to hearing.
Not that I could do better, I’m sure, but there are people who study languages, and the way we hear them &c. who could, I would bet.
- Capital of Peru=Leem-uh, bean=lime-ah