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    This thread should be made a sticky once more stuff is uploaded hee hee hee !!!
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    Nikon:

    The video has it as "Nine-kon" - after how Americans pronounce "Nike" as "Nine-kee".

    But if you refer to the official Nikon Japan site, they call themselves in Japanese as "ニコン". This is pronounced as "Nee-kon". But the company's original name was "日本光学工業株式会社" (Nippon Kōgaku Kōgyō Kabushikigaisha "Japan Optical Industries Co., Ltd."), the correct abbreviation in Japan should be "ニッコン"("日光") - which should be pronounced as "nic-kon". But of course one has to follow the word the company chose.

    Canon:

    The link pronounced it as "can-non" - the same as the English word "canon" (as in the scripture or authoritative text). But...

    "The company was originally named Kwanon by Goro Yoshida after the Buddhist bodhisattva Guan Yin, known in Japanese as Kannon." (Wikipedia)

    This would make the correct pronunciation "car-non". But the official Japanese site has it as "キヤノン" - which should be pronounced "kya-non". (It's "ki ya non" - but in Japanese "ki ya" is pronounced "kya" - skipping the "i").

    By the way, Nikon is a member of the Mitsubishi Group of companies.

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    Bokeh:

    (From Wikipedia) -

    "The term comes from the Japanese word boke (暈け or ボケ), which means "blur" or "haze", or boke-aji (ボケ味), the "blur quality". The Japanese term boke is also used in the sense of a mental haze or senility. The term bokashi (暈かし) is related, meaning intentional blurring or gradation.

    The English spelling bokeh was popularized in 1997 in Photo Techniques magazine, when Mike Johnston, the editor at the time, commissioned three papers on the topic for the March/April 1997 issue; he altered the spelling to suggest the correct pronunciation to English speakers, saying "it is properly pronounced with bo as in bone and ke as in Kenneth, with equal stress on either syllable"."

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    Those youtube videos are just filled with American mispronunciations....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    Those youtube videos are just filled with American mispronunciations....
    precisely.

    and Uncle Fai, the reason why you have to pronounce the Japanese words with extra consonants is because..... that's the closest to English it sounds like.

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    I was googling some non-photography pronunciation words and came across these.

    There are differences in pronunciation due to the accents of nationalities. And there's no 100% American or 100% British accents. People living in different states have different pronunciation of words.

    Texas have a very accent from New York.... London and north uk also have a different accent. So the sound produced will affect the pronunciation

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    Quote Originally Posted by photoart View Post
    I was googling some non-photography pronunciation words and came across these.

    There are differences in pronunciation due to the accents of nationalities. And there's no 100% American or 100% British accents. People living in different states have different pronunciation of words.

    Texas have a very accent from New York.... London and north uk also have a different accent. So the sound produced will affect the pronunciation
    Which is why I did not say that the pronounication posted by the TS is "wrong"... just that they are "American".

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    Fyi, We're not americans. So, these pronunciations is wrong. Unless you are a American-wannabe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fezqu
    Fyi, We're not americans. So, these pronunciations is wrong. Unless you are a American-wannabe.
    Ok... But we are not Japanese either, and I don't want to be Japanese wannabe. So tell me what is the correct pronunciation for "Nikon" and "Canon".

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    Since D800E comes out, we have to introduce another word. Moire ... pronounced "more ray".

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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleFai View Post
    Ok... But we are not Japanese either, and I don't want to be Japanese wannabe. So tell me what is the correct pronunciation for "Nikon" and "Canon".
    There should be our Singlish way of pronouncing Nikon = 你公, Canon = 干龙.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sion View Post
    There should be our Singlish way of pronouncing Nikon = 你公, Canon = 干龙.
    who wants to 干 Rashkae's 龙

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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleFai View Post
    Ok... But we are not Japanese either, and I don't want to be Japanese wannabe. So tell me what is the correct pronunciation for "Nikon" and "Canon".
    if you wanna pronounce with Japanese intonation:

    Nee-kon

    Ka-non

    don't drag the Ns

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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleFai View Post
    Ok... But we are not Japanese either, and I don't want to be Japanese wannabe. So tell me what is the correct pronunciation for "Nikon" and "Canon".
    For a start, this is a Japanese company. They name and sound it this way and you go around pronouncing it by your accent?

    Why don't you pronouce "orange" as "orh leng". We are Chinese not english.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fezqu View Post
    For a start, this is a Japanese company. They name and sound it this way and you go around pronouncing it by your accent?

    Why don't you pronouce "orange" as "orh leng". We are Chinese not english.
    well-said. bro Fezqu

    Uncle Fai. don't be ignorant of the truth. you're not being a Japanese wannabe by pronouncing it correctly. you're being humble and accepting that others have their own language and pronunciation. by saying that you should have every right to *******ize someone's language, you will be deemed arrogant.

    Bee-tee-double-yew. i'm part Japanese.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kei1309 View Post
    who wants to 干 Rashkae's 龙
    Who doesn't want to?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sion View Post
    Who doesn't want to?

    do you want to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kei1309 View Post
    by saying that you should have every right to *******ize someone's language, you will be deemed arrogant.
    Reminds me of the Singlish vs Queen's English debate. So we are arrogant in not speaking proper Queen's English?

    Some years ago, I saw a TV interview of a Singaporean working in Beijing. According to him, we are a disgrace coz we are not speaking proper Mandarin. The only proper Mandarin is the one spoken with the Beijing accent, he said in his best pseudo-Beijing accent.

    Anyway, "Nikon" (for example) is "尼康" ("nee-kang") in China. So they being arrogant? And in many videos in Youtube, Nikon representatives in America can be caught saying it as "Nine-kon".

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