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What is the right pronunciation for "Takamine"? I used to always think it was tack-ah-myn, but I've heard it pronounced by many as tack-ah-min-ee. So which is it? Thanks, and sorry for the "simpleness" of the question haha

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Originally posted by CTrain

What is the right pronunciation for "Takamine"? I used to always think it was tack-ah-myn, but I've heard it pronounced by many as tack-ah-min-ee. So which is it? Thanks, and sorry for the "simpleness" of the question haha

 

 

Good question actually, that was discussed here before. I think the concensus was "tack-ah-meen-ee".

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Originally posted by kwakatak

Given that it's a Japanese proper name (the original factory was in Sakashita, Japan at the base of Mt. Takamine) I would say that it's best to try and mimic Japanese enunciation:


tah' - kah - me
'
- neh

 

That's the proper pronunciation.

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  • davie changed the title to Dumb question - How do you pronounce "Takamine"?

I pronounced it ta-ka-mee-nee (accent on the third syllable, with a long E at the end of the fourth) for years until someone corrected me and told me it was ta-ka-mee-nay. :0 Apparently that's how it's pronounced in Japan, and since it's their language and the name comes from the name of a mountain there, I defer to their POV on the matter. 

My apologies to the Japanese for for butchering the name for years. But hey, I have a hard enough time pronouncing things in my own native language sometimes, so it certainly wasn't intentional. :lol:  :0

 

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Fact is, Japanese do not accent syllables after the first. Multi syllable words are pronounced without cadence, inflection or character. They speak with zero dynamics. Western languages are sing-songy by contrast. So, tok'-ah-min-eh is how it would be pronounced, with the final syllable almost like a ghost note. But, because they speak so quickly, the untrained ear probably would not discern the name when spoken in context. If pronounced alone aural recognition might have a chance. A little first-hand experience. 

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