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    Default Pokémon Names You've Mispronounced

    It's a fairly common trend to mispronounce the name of a Pokémon. I would say the reasoning is a combination of never actually hearing the name pronounced outside of the anime (and even then I would never expect some of the pronunciations on there to be correct) and that some have origins based in languages other than your native one. A lot of times, it really isn't easy to get it right, so we just make up our own pronunciations. Which names are you unsure you've pronounced correctly and which names have you discovered you most definitely have said wrong?

    You can even say why you've pronounced names the wrong way. Maybe you just attach very literal pronunciations in relation to the origin of the word like me or maybe you didn't catch name's origin.

    This can also be applied to names of places or characters, etc.

    Here are a few of mine:
    Garbodor- I used to pronounce it GAR-ba-dor. Never really caught the "odor" part until I watched the anime.
    Unova- Always said yu-NO-va, myself. Again, the anime proved me wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowPokeBroKing View Post
    Unova- Always said yu-NO-va, myself. Again, the anime proved me wrong.
    What is the right pronunciation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaziken.Babe View Post
    What is the right pronunciation?
    As far as I understand, it's YU-na-va.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowPokeBroKing View Post
    As far as I understand, it's YU-na-va.
    That's ugly in my opinion. Yu-no-va sounds better.

    I used to pronounce regigigas as Reh-chi-chi-chess.
    I also didn't know how to pronounce rayquaza.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaziken.Babe View Post
    That's ugly in my opinion. Yu-no-va sounds better.

    I used to pronounce regigigas as Reh-chi-chi-chess.
    I also didn't know how to pronounce rayquaza.
    Seeing your Regigigas post in that other thread was actually what compelled me to start this thread.
    As for Rayquaza, how is it supposed to be pronounced? I'll admit I haven't watched too much of the anime. I always say ray-QUA-za

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowPokeBroKing View Post
    Seeing your Regigigas post in that other thread was actually what compelled me to start this thread.
    As for Rayquaza, how is it supposed to be pronounced? I'll admit I haven't watched too much of the anime. I always say ray-QUA-za

    I think ray-QUA-za is the right pronunciation, I'm not sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaziken.Babe View Post
    That's ugly in my opinion. Yu-no-va sounds better.

    I used to pronounce regigigas as Reh-chi-chi-chess.
    I also didn't know how to pronounce rayquaza.
    I'm sorry, but why would you pronounce a g with a "ch" sound? I would tell you how to pronounce Rayquaza, but I'm not sure how to spell it any other way than it is now.

    Anyways, I always have and still do pronounce Arceus as "ar-suse" (pronounced like Dr. Seuss). In all honesty, I hate the hard c sound that is actually used, it sounds ugly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bguy7 View Post
    I'm sorry, but why would you pronounce a g with a "ch" sound?
    Well, I live In Holland. English is not my native language, which explains alot.

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    Dedenne. I pronounced it as "Den-den" in my head until I realized how wrong that was.

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    When it comes to how I pronounce Rayquzas name, I now pronounce it the same way I've heard it said on the show a few times: "Ray-QWAY-zah"
    I'm not saying that's the universally agreed upon, 'canon' way, though, just how I say it.

    For other Pokemon I used to mispronounce, Lugia
    I used to pronounce it Lu-WEE-ja. Like the name Luigi with an 'A' at the end instead of an 'I'

    One other one that came to mind: Kyurem
    Used to say it like this: Kai-YOO-rem



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    I thought Dedenne was pronounced De-den-neh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cometstarlight View Post
    I thought Dedenne was pronounced De-den-neh.
    That's correct!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaziken.Babe View Post
    That's correct!
    Maybe I didn't write it correctly

    DEE-da-nay

    That's how I used to pronounce it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cometstarlight View Post
    Maybe I didn't write it correctly

    DEE-da-nay

    That's how I used to pronounce it.
    I say deh-DEN-ay. Is that right?

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    Honestly I don't think it's even possible to mispronounce the Pokémon names because there is no official pronunciation.

    TheJWittz has proved in one of his video that not even the anime is consistent with it.

    As for if I pronounce differently from the anime, I don't, unless I haven't heard it from the anime yet. That's where I base my pronunciations from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaze The Movie Fan View Post
    Honestly I don't think it's even possible to mispronounce the Pokémon names because there is no official pronunciation.
    In some cases, It's just wrong.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lorde View Post
    Dedenne. I pronounced it as "Den-den" in my head until I realized how wrong that was.
    This is mispronounced...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaze The Movie Fan View Post
    Honestly I don't think it's even possible to mispronounce the Pokémon names because there is no official pronunciation.

    TheJWittz has proved in one of his video that not even the anime is consistent with it.

    As for if I pronounce differently from the anime, I don't, unless I haven't heard it from the anime yet. That's where I base my pronunciations from.
    I highly doubt there is no official pronunciation. However, the inconsistencies within the anime could be attributed to regional differences or something. Like coyote. In the south, I've mostly heard it pronounced kai-YO-tee, but in other places, I've heard it as KAI-yote (silent e).
    But Pokémon are basically the animals of that world, so I can't imagine the humans just all throw out random pronunciations without the dex or a dictionary providing an official pronunciation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowPokeBroKing View Post
    I say deh-DEN-ay. Is that right?
    That sounds right, yeah.

    Also, bonsly is pronounced two different ways in the anime, as is pigeot.

    In the Lucario movie, bonsly is pronounced as bons-lee, but now it's apparently bons-lie.

    Pigeot's is similar in that I've heard the anime call it pidge-it, as well as pidge-e-ot
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    Maybe people from different regions like Unova or Kalos pronounce Pokemon differently.

    One Pokemon name that gets mispronounced so often is Vivillon. It's pronounced vi-vee-yon. The Ls are pronounced as a y.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cometstarlight View Post
    That sounds right, yeah.

    Also, bonsly is pronounced two different ways in the anime, as is pigeot.

    In the Lucario movie, bonsly is pronounced as bons-lee, but now it's apparently bons-lie.

    Pigeot's is similar in that I've heard the anime call it pidge-it, as well as pidge-e-ot
    Bonsly is one that I had an epiphany on after I heard it as bon-SLY. It's a combination of banzai (tree) and sly, as in it is tricking others into believing it's a tree when it isn't.

    Quote Originally Posted by Teacup View Post
    Maybe people from different regions like Unova or Kalos pronounce Pokemon differently.

    One Pokemon name that gets mispronounced so often is Vivillon. It's pronounced vi-vee-yon. The Ls are pronounced as a y.
    Yeah, I hear vi-VILL-yun a lot. I only knew the difference because my 3rd grade teacher had a very similar name and she was French, so it made sense to me.

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    Always said Phanpy as Fan-py, and obviously rattata, or whatever it's called.

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    I'm surprised no one has mentioned AR-KEE-US as opposed to AR-SEE-US. That's probably the one I hear mispronounced most frequently.


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    Arceus, Porygon2 (for years not sure if it was Porygon-Two or Porygon Squared as the 2 could have been a squared sign), Mismagius, and Gyrados come to mind. There are others I'm sure.
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    I still pronounce Suicune as SOO-ĭ-soon. I just prefer the 3 syllable pronunciation to coincide with my other favorite Pokemon like Typhlosion and Dragonite.
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    I always thought Munna and Musharna was pronounced Muh-na and Muh-shar-na. The anime pronounces it Moo-na and Moo-shar-na. I still pronounce it my way. xD
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