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Old 01-03-2013, 11:25 AM   #1
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Question Japanese aftermarket car tuner pronunciations..

Anybody want to clarify the pronunciation of these aftermarket brands?

Tein - I pronounce it "TAYN" like "Mein" in Chow Mein

Bride - I've always pronounced it like an American but heard people calling it "Brid"

5zigen - the 5 in Japanese is "go" right? so "Go zigen?"

Apex'i - Heard kids pronounce this "Apex I"

Mugen - "Mewgin"

I've probably butchered a few of these but help is appreciated! I've searched around in other places but everyone's been pronouncing it differently it seems
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Anybody want to clarify the pronunciation of these aftermarket brands? Don't know some of the brands, but I speak some Japanese.

Tein - I pronounce it "TAYN" like "Mein" in Chow Mein Yes, but it's 2 syllables, like tay-in, but not emphasized as strongly as 2 syllables in English, and with more of an "ee" sound in the second syllable, like spleen, not pin.

Bride - I've always pronounced it like an American but heard people calling it "Brid" If it's a Japanese word, it would sound like Bre-day (like the e in street, but a little shorter; and day, but a shorter sound). But it could just be bride as in husband and bride, you never really know.

5zigen - the 5 in Japanese is "go" right? so "Go zigen?" yes (same as g in Mugen, below)

Apex'i - Heard kids pronounce this "Apex I" don't know, but the "i" is probably pronuunced like "ee" in street.

Mugen - "Mewgin" Mu-gen. (like the g in gun, not general; the e in the second syllable is like end, not pin).

I've probably butchered a few of these but help is appreciated! I've searched around in other places but everyone's been pronouncing it differently it seems
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Appreciate it. I know pronunciation isn't everything but it's nice to at least know. Kinda like Shoei and Suomy. The English language really messes with us when it comes to these kinds of things.
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Sure, the best thing to do is probably just to use the pronunciation people around you understand, right or wrong. I wouldn't feel too bad about our pronunciation of foreign words - you should hear what happens to English in Japan or Italy. :-)
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i thought Tein was pronouced "Tee -in"? Cuz it's short for Technical Innovation.

From their website: The company name TEIN comes from 2 initials of the words; ‘TE’CHNICAL ‘IN’NOVATION.
It represents the company policy to produce the best products with the latest technology. With a change in times, from ‘evolution’ to further ‘revolution', TEIN products are reaching for the extremity. It’s been over 20 years since its establishment, but TEIN’s strong convictions have never changed.

http://www.tein.com/all_about_tein/04.html
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Your pronunciation is correct. Delirious is also correct but both are commonly accepted. Another one that comes up often, GReddy is one word, not G-Reddy.

I think the Japanese names are much easier to pronounce than the Italian motorcycle stuff...no one pronounces dainese or leo vince right, it bothers me, lol.
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i pronounce Dainese as "Die-nay-say"....is that correct?
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Doesn't matter how you pronounce it, all the JDM kids will know what your talking about.
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i pronounce Dainese as "Die-nay-say"....is that correct?
Pretty much. the "nay" and "say" is basically a very similar sound to English, but a little shorter in length.

I'm no pronunciation expert by any means, I just happen to live in Italy now (6 years) and lived in Japan for 10, otherwise I wouldn't know.
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"Seibon" anyone?

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Mugen - "Mewgin"
This is one of the most butchered names. It is pronounced Moo-Gen.

The oo part in Moo is actually very short, not an elongated Mooo but more like a rhyme with "to"

The G in Gen is pronounced like the G in Gate, not the G in Generation and the Gen rhymes with Hen.
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i pronounce Dainese as "Die-nay-say"....is that correct?
Yes that is about as close as you are going to get.
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"Seibon" anyone?

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Say-Bone

Pronounce the Bone part shorter at the end as if the E at the end does not exist.
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Tomei

"Toe-may"?

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Yep!

Japanese pronunciation rule is consistent (other than regional accent deviations) and does not have the deviation we have in English words.

Japanese with the plethora of vowels is very different from all the other Asian languages which all seem to have many words that end in -ng (a sound that does not exist in Japanese). I always wondered what the origin of the Japanese language is.
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