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    I consistantly mispronounce certain Pokemons names.

    Reuniclus = rih-NINK-you-liss
    Hydregion = HYDRA-region
    Dragalge = DRAG-alg (hard 'g')

    And my nephew always pronounces Suicune as "SOO-see-oon."

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    Mienfoo and it's evolution Mienshao. I have no idea what the actual pronunciation of their names is, but I constantly pronounce them as "May-in-foo" and "May-in-shao". Years ago I would always pronounce Buizel as "Boysel" but now pronounce it "Bweezel" like it's actually pronounced.
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    I always say Giritina as "Jai-re-teen-a". I mean, when I fist saw that thing, I thought the G was pronounced as a J, like SO MANY other things that start with G do. My friend used to call Suicune "Soo-seen" because she thought "Swee-coon" sounded too much like a bug-type's name (hey, we were only eight). I still call Arceus "Are-see-us". I used to say "Salamence" like "Sa-la-ma-nence".
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    Cryogonal. I always pronounce it Crygonagal, like that lady from Harry Potter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peeko View Post
    Cryogonal. I always pronounce it Crygonagal, like that lady from Harry Potter.
    Yass, bitch! YASS! I'm the same way. I always imagine her when I see the name. The one name I know I mispronounce and don't care is Ar-SEE-us. It's supposed to be Ar-KEY-us to prevent any offensive misunderstandings in British-English speaking countries (Ar-see-us sounds like arse, which is British slang for ass, which is American slang for booty). But I think the entire fanbase still calls him Ar-see-us regardless due to it being the implied pronunciation thanks to the spelling. I mean, who pronounces "ce" like "ke"? No one. Arceus for life, man.

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    I pronounce Chinchou as "Chin-chao" but apparently is supposed to be pronounced "Chin-choh"

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    I know Vibrava comes from the word "vibrate", but I still always end up saying "Vih-BRAH-va" instead of "VAI-brah-va".

    Quote Originally Posted by Robo-Floatzel View Post
    Mienfoo and it's evolution Mienshao. I have no idea what the actual pronunciation of their names is, but I constantly pronounce them as "May-in-foo" and "May-in-shao". Years ago I would always pronounce Buizel as "Boysel" but now pronounce it "Bweezel" like it's actually pronounced.
    They're officially pronounced as "MEEN-foo" and "Meen-shao".

    Quote Originally Posted by MizuTaipu View Post
    I pronounce Chinchou as "Chin-chao" but apparently is supposed to be pronounced "Chin-choh"
    Actually, it is "Chin-chao".

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    Can someone please tell me the prenunseation (yes I spelt that wrong) of Arceus? I'm confused between Ar se us and Ark e us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Team Gaara View Post
    Actually, it is "Chin-chao".
    Really? Because on its Trivia section on Bulbapedia is says: "The vowel sounds in Chinchou's English name are reverse of the vowels in its Japanese name." It's Japanese name is pronounced "Cho-n-chee", so I guessed that's how Chinchou is pronounced based on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackButterfree View Post
    The one name I know I mispronounce and don't care is Ar-SEE-us. It's supposed to be Ar-KEY-us to prevent any offensive misunderstandings in British-English speaking countries (Ar-see-us sounds like arse, which is British slang for ass, which is American slang for booty).
    This is precisely why I pronounce it with a hard "C", myself. Although, I take it a step further and pronounce the "E" like the "É" in Pokémon, so it comes out as "ar-KAY-us", which makes it sound like it's derived from a combination of "arcane" or "archaic" and "deus" (Latin for "god", "deity" or "spirit").

    Then there's Giratina. I'm fairly certain the correct English pronunciation is "gee-rah-TEE-nah" (with a hard "G"), but I still consistently refer to it as "jih-RAH-tih-nah", because that just sounds much more intimidating to me. The official way sounds dumb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MizuTaipu View Post
    Really? Because on its Trivia section on Bulbapedia is says: "The vowel sounds in Chinchou's English name are reverse of the vowels in its Japanese name." It's Japanese name is pronounced "Cho-n-chee", so I guessed that's how Chinchou is pronounced based on that.
    Well, the Anime has always pronounced it as "Chin-chao" and Pokedex 3D also gives it as "Chin-chao" so I assume that would be the Official way to say it. The trivia makes it seem like it's name should be "Cheen-choh".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glitchipedia View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BlackButterfree View Post
    The one name I know I mispronounce and don't care is Ar-SEE-us. It's supposed to be Ar-KEY-us to prevent any offensive misunderstandings in British-English speaking countries (Ar-see-us sounds like arse, which is British slang for ass, which is American slang for booty).
    This is precisely why I pronounce it with a hard "C", myself. Although, I take it a step further and pronounce the "E" like the "É" in Pokémon, so it comes out as "ar-KAY-us", which makes it sound like it's derived from a combination of "arcane" or "archaic" and "deus" (Latin for "god", "deity" or "spirit").

    Then there's Giratina. I'm fairly certain the correct English pronunciation is "gee-rah-TEE-nah" (with a hard "G"), but I still consistently refer to it as "jih-RAH-tih-nah", because that just sounds much more intimidating to me. The official way sounds dumb.
    Ar-kay-us? Sounds cool. But jih-rah-tih-nah? Meh.

    Quote Originally Posted by Darkraiii View Post
    Can someone please tell me the prenunseation (yes I spelt that wrong) of Arceus? I'm confused between Ar se us and Ark e us.
    The correct pronunciation is any one of the following three. They've all been used in official media. Ar-SEE-us, which is generally the one used by fans, Ar-KEY-us and Ar-SAY-us, both of which were used in Arceus' movie (KEY was used in the movie itself, SAY was used in the trailers)

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    As a Brit when I first heard that Arceus was pronounced as 'Ar-see-us' I then always pronounced it as 'Arc-ie-us' like how most of us Brits pronounce it or we'll have people jump on us for swearing in public as 'arse' is a swear word in our culture. Plus pronouncing it the way I do just feels better to say, sounds more strong for the creator of Pokemon.

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    I always pronounce Kyreum as KYU-rim due to a hilariously fake counterfeit card my friend found. I also pronounce Gyarados as Gear-ee-uh-DOS for similar reasons. I also call Reshiram Resh-ee-RAM out of habit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Metal Warrior View Post
    I always pronounce Kyreum as KYU-rim due to a hilariously fake counterfeit card my friend found. I also pronounce Gyarados as Gear-ee-uh-DOS for similar reasons. I also call Reshiram Resh-ee-RAM out of habit.
    I believe that is actually the official pronunciation of Kyurem. It sounds like the counterfeit card had the correct spelling.

    I've heard that Suicune should be pronounced like "Swee-coo-nay" but the anime always just said "Swee-coon" so that's how I've pronounced it for years.

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