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Old 02-28-2017   #41
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My philosophy on pronunciation is to say what others around me say. In all my life I have never heard anyone say anything but Ny-con for Nikon, just like in the TV commercials. Would I ever deliberately "mispronounce" a word. Sure. The next town down the road is Arab. It's pronounced A-rab. Why? When the first post office was established the postmaster sent his son's name, Arad (A-rad), to Washington for approval. Well, Washington thought the postmaster couldn't spell so they approved Arab instead. Thus A-rad became A-rab. Many years ago one of the nicest restaurants in Montgomery, Alabama was the Elite and, no, it was not called the A-leet. With everyone from the Governor to the garbage man calling it the E-light, only an idiot would call it A-leet and be laughed out of town. One last example, some years ago mauve became a popular color. I looked it up. It's pronounced mov, long o. It seems no one else looked it up, so they all pronounced it "mawve". You think I'm going to say "mov" when those around me say "mawve"? Nope. Go back and read my first philosophy above.
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Old 02-28-2017   #42
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Hmm. Interesting range. I've always said Roll eh flex, and Rollie. Everyone who knew what I was talking about knew what I was talking about – even my German friend Harry – who never corrected me.
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Old 02-28-2017   #43
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Dave Bailey called it the twin lens Rollei, pron. rollee. That's the English way. Mind you this sort of thing often reminds me of Monty Python. Graham Chapman, pulling pipe from mouth, "I know it's spelt 'luxury yacht' but it's actually pronounced 'throat-warbler mangrove'.
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OMG! 45 responses (and counting). Thanks. I think I get the idea.

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My philosophy on pronunciation is to say what others around me say. In all my life I have never heard anyone say anything but Ny-con for Nikon, just like in the TV commercials.
I don't think I've EVER heard it any other way than Ny-Con. Fuji has always been Foo-Jee as long as I can remember. Canon? Kwanon?

From living here ("Somewhere in Middle America") for many years now I've finally learned to properly pronounce some of the town names here. Papillion is pronounced Pa-PILL-yan here, Beatrice is pronounced Bee-AT-russ and Norfolk is pronounced Nor-Fork.
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Old 02-28-2017   #45
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The "ei" in Rollei is pronounced just the same as the "ei" in Leica.

You don't do yourself any favors pronouncing it differently ...



... even worse if you seem proud of it, "Sayray".

Roland.
You mean it is NOT ... Lee-ka?!
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Old 02-28-2017   #46
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Here's a fun one: Jhagee.

BTW, the O in Nikon is also pronounced a bit differently than most of us Westerners are used to.
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Jn a nwtshell, jn many langwages, the pronowncjatjon of ‹I/J› and ‹U/V/W› js defjned by the folloujng letter.

Rwle of thwmb: Jf jt's a uouel that follous, then jt's a consonant, jf jt's a consonant, then jt's a uouel.]
LOL!

Now are we gonna discuss how to pronounce "Joralemon" and "Schermerhorn"?
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You mean it is NOT ... Lee-ka?!
"Lee-see-a" : Lecia. Cf Nucular.

With apologies to H Simpson and P Griffin.
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I feel that I have been tricked! I used to value my Rollee cameras, but now, and after discovering I have in fact Roll-eye cameras, I am lost! Roland made it worse; he claims that my beloved Leeka cameras are in fact (the vastly inferior brand) L-eye-ka!
What do eyes have to do with it all?!
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Roll-ee-flex.

… or two-and-a quarter-square.
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It's like «ee-hah-ghay».

[For uater's uorth, J cannot fjnd that djffjcwlt.

Jn a nwtshell, jn many langwages, the pronowncjatjon of ‹I/J› and ‹U/V/W› js defjned by the folloujng letter.

Rwle of thwmb: Jf jt's a uouel that follous, then jt's a consonant, jf jt's a consonant, then jt's a uouel.]
Good one -- reductio ad absurdam in action! Actually I think in Germany the capital letter I was frequently written as a J, kind of a throwback to older script. (Similar to the Romans using V -- U didn't exist. V was easier to carve anyway.) And it's related to the older English term "jot and tittle," as in "every jot and tittle" -- "dotting your i's and crossing your t's" is the American phrase. I think the word for the dot above the small i is actually called the "jot" -- it's related to "iota."

Jhagee (Pronounced "Ee-ha-gay" in English rendering) is just the pronunciation of the letters IHG in German, short for "Industrie- und Handels Gesellschaft." "Industrial and Trading Company" -- pretty generic name when you think about it.

OK, pedantic mode off.
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I pronounce Rollei like the germans, but with the northern swedish tip-of-the-tongue 'R'. Voigtländer = Foigtländer/Foktländer.
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Like Sara and other UK and colony based people, I say Roll-ee-flex or sometimes Roll-a-flex, but now that Ferider has practically enjoined us all to pronounce it correctly, I will.
Strangely though, with Rollei by itself, as in Rollei 35, I say it with the right "ei" sound.
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Few folk (at least in the U.S.) know that Nikon is pronounced as "Nee-kon."
Considering that Nikon pronounces its own name "Nigh-Kon" in US advertising, US consumers can't be entirely blamed.
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Considering that Nikon pronounces its own name "Nigh-Kon" in US advertising, US consumers can't be entirely blamed.
Well, they probably figured it was a lost cause to try and get us to pronounce it right, especially almost 70 years later! As long as we buy their products, they won't mind.
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We don't care how they say it in Germany or anywhere else, in Texas it is a Roll-a-flex.
Yes sir, our Texas pronunciation may not be accepted around the world but we are still proud of it anyway!!!
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Auf Deutsch, it's three syllables:
  • First syllable: The leading R is rolled followed by a flat long "o" sound and the double LL sound.
  • Second syllable: ei as in "aye" or "sky"
  • Third syllable: a slightly harder x than English: "flecks"

"Rolleiflex" spoken

English pronunciation is typically "ROLL-ee-flex".

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So phonetically - Role. I. Flecks. ?

And whilst we're on the topic, how are Germans pronouncing "Summilux' and 'Summicron'?
I think it's "Sue Me Lucks and Sue Me Kron'? but could it be 'Sum. Me...'
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So phonetically - Role. I. Flecks. ?

And whilst we're on the topic, how are Germans pronouncing "Summilux' and 'Summicron'?
I think it's "Sue Me Lucks and Sue Me Kron'? but could it be 'Sum. Me...'
I thought it was Soo ('oo' as in look) - Mi (short 'i' as in win) - Kron and Soo-Mi-Lux (as in ducks), but I'm not German..
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[rolaɪfleks]

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I really wanna know the right German pronunciation of Voigtlander. That Japanese translation (that's how they actually spell it in Japanese) would sound something like "foktlender" but didn't think that sounded right.
Pretty close
[fo:ktlendə]

The "o" is long and the German "ä" is the same as in the English d"a"y. Usually, we tend to substitute "-er" ending by the schwa sound.
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Hi,

It's shocking when you consider the number of foreigners who can't say or spell their own names properly.

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I think I'll just stay with my tried and tested policy of never ever saying any of these words out loud, it hasn't failed me yet.
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The difficulty seems to be more in how others understand you. If I started pronouncing Nikon the way it's intended, I would likely have most people going "What?" 3 or 4 times before understanding what I meant.

It's like trying to say Gyro depending on your location.
If you call a Minox a My nox, half the people know what you are talking about. If you call it a Me nox no one knows what you are talking about. If you call it a James Bond spy camera everyone knows what you are talking about.
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