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    Pronounciations

    Ok, clarification please. In disagreement with mate.... Yoshikane- yosh-eee-cane? Takeda- ta-kee-da? Those are the main two in contention, i hope im right! (there is a meal riding on it).

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    i speak a little japanese (can't read though)

    yoh - shih - kah - neh

    not yoe-shee-ka-nay or not yoe-shee-ka-nee

    (silent H)

    just pronounce it faster.

    the "shi" in yoshikane is almost silent when pronounced.

    "yoshkane"


    for takeda

    tah - keh - dah or tuh-keh-dah

    not tah-key-dah or not tah-kay-dah

    just pronounce faster

    hope that helps.


    another word that annoys me when people try to pronounce gyuto. lol

    gyoo-toh

    not gyoe-toe



    and then there's santoku

    not san-toe-koo or san-too-koe

    san - toh - koo

    only faster

    sorry just had to say that =D

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    It must be "ghee-yo-toe", an "expert" "reviewer" says so.

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    How about Watanabe? I always feel silly when I try to pronounce it....
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    wah-tah-nah-beh

    wa like wa handle, tah like tah tah (like saying good bye?), nah (like saying no), beh (like saying the word belong, not bee or bay)


    as how it's spelled. only faster.

    this is pretty close:

    http://www.pronouncehow.com/english/..._pronunciation

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    Konosuke?

    Honesuki?

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    koh noh skeh

    http://www.forvo.com/word/matsushita_konosuke/ (nevermind matsushita in the link provided, lol)

    here the "U" in the name konosuke is silent

    hoh neh ski

    http://www.forvo.com/word/honesuki/

    same goes with the "U" in honesuki.

    certain vowels become silent. like the vowel "i" in the name matsushita. (not relevant, but might be worth including).....

    but when these vowels are at the end of a word or name, they no longer become silent and must be pronounced as spelled.

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    Konosuke: koh-no-soo-kay
    Honesuki: ho-nay-soo-kee

    And gyuto is definitely not 'ghee-yo-toe'! Just like Kyoto is not 'kee-yo-toe'. Argh!!

    gyuto: gyoo-toe (the 'gyu' is like 'you' with a hard 'g' in front and NO 'ee' between
    Kyoto: kyoh-toe (again, no 'ee' sound between the 'k' and 'you' sounds

    Actually, the way Japanese is written with the alphabet, pronunciation is regular, predictable and easy

    One difficult one is Suisin because of spelling. Suisin should be 'Suishin' with a 'shhh'

    Suisin: soo-ee-sheen

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    Quote Originally Posted by franzb69 View Post
    koh noh skeh

    http://www.forvo.com/word/matsushita_konosuke/ (nevermind matsushita in the link provided, lol)

    here the "U" in the name konosuke is silent

    hoh neh ski

    http://www.forvo.com/word/honesuki/

    same goes with the "U" in honesuki.

    certain vowels become silent. like the vowel "i" in the name matsushita. (not relevant, but might be worth including).....

    but when these vowels are at the end of a word or name, they no longer become silent and must be pronounced as spelled.
    Exactly. Thank you.

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