remember it vividly because in my native land we have a similar word Botica, (which translates pharmacy) and when I first moved to NY I couldn't get it straight.
"jalapeño," but "cabana" is pronounced with just a regular "n" sound.
you've mentioned, call themselves refer to themselves as Mexican, Jamaicans, Venezuelans, Arubians' etc., etc. - So when one hears
the word American, one should automatically relate it to the United States.