How to pronounce the difficult names

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  1. Dr. Woo

    Dr. Woo Guns don't kill people

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    To all the people with their seriously outlandish attempts at pronouncing some of the European automobiles (most notably the Italians) I present...HOW TO PRONOUNCE SOME OF THE TOUGHIES

    Murciélago - Perhaps the most contested. Since this is the name of a Spanish bull, one would surmise that it is pronounced with a Spanish accent. Therefore:
    moor-see-ELL-ah-go
    Forget the "th" sound, forget the "tch" sound (Clarkson!). It's a lot easier than you might think.

    Gallardo - Another fun one from Automobili Lamborghini SpA, another Spanish word. Observe.
    gah-YAR-do
    The double L is pronounced like the English Y in "Yes." The R has the Spanish "almost-rolling" sound. If you don't know what I mean, just say it like "yardo." Forget all that "guhlardo" stuff.

    Scaglietti - Ferrari's turn for the fun stuff. It's pretty easy if you know this one factoid about the name: the "G" is silent. Yes folks...it's silent. So it goes like this:
    ska-lee-ET-tee

    Some of them are a little difficult to spell out phonetically when we're reading in English (like Veyron), but those are some of the worst...any additions are MORE than welcome.
     
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  2. Ice Rado

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    hehe...my favorite has to be when people say wtf is a seat

    seat:
    Sae-yaht

    hehe i just kinda made that one up not really sure how correct it is but thats how it sounds

    i hate when people say awwwdi

    audi:
    oww-de

    i love hearing 'my dad has a poorsh'

    porsche:
    poor-sha
     
  3. black 3g

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    i got into a small argument about the porsche thing today. guy was trying to tell me its pronounced poor-shey. i then proceeded to tell him he was an idiot and gave him the correct pronnounciation. he said that in puerto rico, thats how everyone said it. and all this time i thought those cars were european. who would have thought they all came from puerto rico.
     
  4. Dr. Woo

    Dr. Woo Guns don't kill people

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    Haha...oh, man. I love it when people think they know what they're talking about.
     
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    people that envy porsche owners say "poor shhh"

    people that are porsche owners say "poor shh aah"

    my dad told me that once when i said it wrong. he wouldnt let me drive it for-ev-er...
     
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    I have subscriptions to quite a few car mags and each one had a different pronounciation for Murcielago when it came out.
     
  7. Dr. Woo

    Dr. Woo Guns don't kill people

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    I remember that. But this is definitive. It is absolutely correct if you are going to pronounce it in Spanish.

    The é indicates emphasis...this is the syllable you will emphasize in pronunciation. It doesn't change how the letter sounds. The syllable in which this letter is located is "el," and as we all know (well, anyone with any remote knowledge of the Spanish language), that's pronounced just as it looks. "Ell."
     
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    MerkurMan Gimme Nuts, Bolts and 12 Volts

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    To add my two cents to the whole "Porsh" vs. "Porsha" debate, I've always been of the opinion that it is pronounced "Porsh-uh" I get annoyed when I hear people say "Porsh", but I get almost as annoyed when I hear people REALLY emphasize the "AHHH" sound at the end. I emphasize the first syllable, and really trail off the "uh" (actually more of a combination of "uh" and "eh"). I don't know, but to me, "Por-SHAAAAAA" sounds like a stripper's stage name.

    Also, I must add a very obscure name that nobody really cares about or says anymore, but one which was probably mispronounced more often than any of the well-known marques and models.

    Merkur.

    Say it with me now.... Mare-koor. Not Mur-ker.

    Thank you, and have a nice day. :big grin:
     
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    Merli gplus.to/merli OT Supporter

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    MurkyMan? :dunno: :o
     
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    Bertoné
    bearrr-tawn-ay (so i've heard)
     
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    suckmyexhaust New Member

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    Porsche = 2 syllabels not one!!!

    Mercedes
    Mir - cee - deez
    As I have heard this pronounced in many of dealerships in Germany as well as some here in the US

    Jaguar
    Jhag - u - har
    Another German phonetics. The 'h' is only to be emphasied slightly. "har" said some what in the fasion like bar, but again light on the 'h'
     
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    this is hard cuz now we are gettin alittle techinical...its tuff to say cuz some langauges have a huge arrangement and say stuff alittle differently

    phaeton:

    i say...

    fae-ton

    i've heard....

    fee-ton
     
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    Fee-ton? egh.. I'll always call it Fay-ton :o

    Modena - Moh-day-na
    Gallardo - Ga-yar-doh
    Koenigsegg - Koh-eh-ni-segg
     
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    bora:
    pronounced "bor a", "bor ra", "bor ray", "bo ray"????

    giac:
    pronounced "ge ac", "guy ac"?
     
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    yah jeremy clarkson on top gear refers to the pheaton as

    fee-ton

    bora:
    bor-a

    giac: ?...the chip company?

    if so its g-i-a-c as far as i know ;)
     
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    Dr. Woo Guns don't kill people

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    I've never heard Mercedes pronounced like that. The German pronunciation would be different than that.

    mehr-SEH-des

    The E in "SEH" and "des" are pronounced like the one in the word "set." The company was named for its Austrian co-founder's daughter, who was also Austrian, and they speak German there, soooo...

    And Phaeton is FAY-ton
     
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    Dr. Woo Guns don't kill people

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    I'm pretty sure it's an acronym as well.
     
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    MaRcH HaRe New Member

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    Get this one into you

    Giocattolo :)
     
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    Dr. Woo Guns don't kill people

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    It stands for Garrett Integrated Automotive Corp.
     
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    anyone wanna touch Tourag?

    Also I've heard several different pronunciations for Hyundai, I've been using the one I hear British commentators for WRC and 5th Gear use.. Hi - oon - die. :hs:
     
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    The way I've always said and heard Hyundai pronounced is: Hun-Day
    As far as Tourag, I've heard it pronounced Twa-Reg and Tour-Egg :dunno:
     
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    I didn't know that one until I heard it on TV when it was debuted for one of the premire times.
     
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    That is the 'spanish version' of Mur-say-dees.
     
  24. Dr. Woo

    Dr. Woo Guns don't kill people

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    Touareg is TOUR-egg

    Hyundai...not sure how the Koreans pronounce it, but I've been told that the CORRECT way to pronounce it is
    HIGH-oon-day

    That's just what I've heard, so it might be wrong. The American way of pronouncing it (on commercials, etc) is
    HUN-day
     
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    The koreans pronounce hyundai as hundai. I spent 6 months there, and all the koreans i heard say it said hyundai.

    Touareg is indeed touregg.

    Deutsch pronounciation really isnt hard stuff guys.

    Jaguar is Jag - u - are. Where does an h come in?

    Koenigsegg is kernigsegg. oe is a different way to say an o with umlauts on it, which is a sound you make in your throat.. hard to explain unless you hear it, but it sounds like kernigsegg.

    Italian is similar to spanish but also diferent in aspects of pronounciation, so you can only use spanish to an extent in figuring pronounciation. Not to mention there are 3 well defined dialects of italian, and many times pronounciation greatly differs from dialect to dialect.
     

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