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The Official Name-Pronunciation Guide

Discussion in 'Orange Islands' started by Seth Vilo, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. Onicon


    Jan 7, 2011
    The localization really have messed up Regice.

    The way the Japanese people intended to pronounce this name (judging from the katakana) was ['rɛdʒɪaɪs] - regi-ice. Its name would and should have been "Regiice" but they decided to kill one of the i.
  2. Chou Toshio

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    Aug 16, 2007
    This is one reason why English is a shit language-- we should at least make an alphabet system with a definite pronunciation.

    For instance, if you just look at any Japanese Pokemon name you instantly know exactly how to pronounce it (except for emphasis, but that's pretty intuitive).

    edit: Then again, any language that still uses thousands of symbollic characters instead of a simple alphabet purely probably isn't a great example of "ideal" either. Only the Koreans seem to have an invented a writing system that's actually good.
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  3. Sensei_Bobbilytus


    Jan 21, 2011
    This is actually a pretty neat thing here. I didn't know the pokedex 3D did this.

    My girlfriend argues through her teeth that Escavailer is pronounced ES-cav-all-E-ay, the way the french would say it. Not that this will change her mind.
  4. Porygon361


    Nov 30, 2013
    REE-you-NEE-klis? I'd bet that Reuniclus sounds a lot more like REE-you-ni-klus.
  5. Anty

    Anty Voice of the new embattled white minority
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    Feb 8, 2013
    back in the old days of red, i used to pronounce geodude as goo-duh. It was funny, in the anime, when brock sent out his 'geodude' (pronounced correctly) and i had no clue what that was. When i saw it come out of its pokeball i was really confused how his 'Goo-duh' got a weird name.

    Thinking about it know, Goo-duh is a better pronunciation.
  6. Seth Vilo

    Seth Vilo

    Mar 6, 2009
    Just as a note, I'm going to list all of the Gen VI ones soon, but since there's no update to the 3DS Pokedex app, I'd only be able to provide guesses on how they're officially pronounced...
  7. Codraroll

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    Nov 6, 2011
    At least there's only 72 new pronounciations to argue about this time.
  8. Age of Kings

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    Oct 14, 2007
    Vivillon seems to be derived from the French papillon (meaning butterfly) so I pronounce it similarly: "vee-vee-on". The double ls are silent. I think this is the only controversial one among the new stuff.
  9. Onicon


    Jan 7, 2011
    It is a bit complicated.

    Vivillon: [vivijɔ̃]

    The problem for less savvy French speakers is the third syllabe and the fact that there are no accents. We hope the IPA spelling give you guys some more insight.

    'vee-vee-on' is quite close if we understand it correctly ('e' is not a very constant sound in English). A bit closer would probably be 'vee-vee-jong'.

    We actually have the IPA for half of the Kalos Dices. If you are interested, we might finish it AND transcribe it.
  10. Codraroll

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    Nov 6, 2011
    Well, "Florges" will certainly confuse some people (or at least myself). In "Gogoat", would you accentuate the first or second syllable (stress on "Go" or on "Goat")? How do you take care of the Gs in "Dragalge"?

    Though, the rest look okay to me. Xerneas and Yveltal could have been a matter of debate, hadn't GameFreak provided an official pronounciation as early as pre-release.
  11. AOPSUser


    Dec 3, 2011
    It's Dragalgae. As in Dragon+Algae. If that's not how you pronounce it shoot me.

    Also I think Yveltal is based on the word "evil". So maybe it's "evil-tall"?
  12. Onicon


    Jan 7, 2011
    Accent on the first syllable of Gogoat; are there any regions with English speaker who would accentuate the second one? It appeared to be obvious to us.

    As for Dragalge's g, it depends on if you are more familiar with British or American English:

    BE: [dræˈɡælɡɪ]
    AE: [dræˈɡældʒi]

    You can see that the difference between is the second g. The second g sound the same as the one from the 'dragon' part for a British. For an American the second g sounds like 'jizz' (sorry).

    Florges: Actually, nobody knows what it means. From the Japanese name フラージェス we can safely say that s was intended to be pronounced ['flɔːɹdʒɪz] - it sound exactly like 'floor-jizz' (sorry). The American floor [flɔːɹ] at least, the r is silent in British English.

    Yveltal: It already received its official pronunciation via trailers. It is ['ivəltɑl] - sounds like evil and tal. The tal part is a bit difficult to explain. The a is quite long, so feel free to strech it a bit. How would people pronounce 'tahl'?

    Hope that helps.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2013
  13. farranpoison


    Mar 27, 2011
    I've always pronounced Gogoat as goGOAT, emphasis on the second syllable. I'm not sure why.

    As for Yveltal, I've pronounced it like yai-vel-tahl (yai as in "yipes") for some reason.
  14. Shiruba


    Mar 1, 2013
    everyone knows that pidove is pronounced hit-ler-pid-jin
    look at that salute.


    that said, can confirm the vivillon = vi-vi-yon or whatever. generally, in spanish and french [not italian, no idea with portuguese], two l's together make the sound commonly attributed to y.

    as for gogoat, i generally put emphasis on the first syllable, though i prefer the french name: chevroum. as in
    don't mind me just picking up babes with my chevroum.

    oh, i was wondering about sceptile. me, i say "sep-tile," but i've heard "skep-tile" before. has there been anything confirmed?
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  15. Mygavolt


    Apr 21, 2011
    The OP says SEP-tile, and the Name Origin section of its Bulbapedia page seems to lean towards SEP-tile rather than SKEP-tile.
    To be honest, though, I still pronounce it SKEP-tile. Maybe just my preference of saying things how they look. (I usually pronounce Munna like MUN-na)

    Anyway, here's my insight on the pronunciations of the Kalos Pokémon.
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    Chespin: CHESS-pin
    Quilladin: QWIL-uh-din (from Quill and Paladin)
    Chesnaught: CHESS-not
    Fennekin: FEN-uh-kin
    Braixen: BRAYK-sen
    Delphox: DELL-fox
    Froakie: FRO-key
    Frogadier: FROG-a-dyay (although FROG-a-deer would be a more English-oriented pronunciation, like es-CA-va-leer vs es-CAV-ly-ay)
    Greninja: gre-NIN-ja
    Bunnelby: BUN-null-bee
    Diggersby: DIG-gurs-bee (tho)
    Fletchling: FLETCH-ling
    Fletchinder: flet-CHIN-der
    Talonflame: TAL-in-flame
    Scatterbug: SKAD-der-bug
    Spewpa: SPEW-pa
    Vivillon: VEE-vee-yon
    Litleo: LIT-lee-oh
    Pyroar: PIE-roar
    Flabébé: FLA-bay-bay (that's how I pronounce it...YouTuber Tom Fawkes pronounces it fla-BAY-bay)
    Floette: FLO-ette
    Florges: FLORZH (the proper pronunciation IMO; the "ges" part of the name is pronounced like the "si" in "vision"; most people pronounce it FLOR-gis though)
    Skiddo: SKID-doe
    Gogoat: GO-gote
    Pancham: PAN-cham
    Pangoro: pan-GO-roh
    Furfrou: FUR-fru (from fur and frou-frou)
    Espurr: ESS-purr
    Meowstic: MEOW-stick
    Honedge: HONE-edge (although I've been pronouncing it ON-edge, thinking the "hon" was from "honor", while it's actually from "hone")
    Doublade: DUH-blade
    Aegislash: EE-ji-slash (although most people pronounce it AY-ji-slash)
    Spritzee: SPRIT-zee
    Aromatisse: a-ROH-ma-teese (the "teese" pronounced like "Keese" from Zelda)
    Swirlix: SWIR-licks
    Slurpuff: SLURR-puff
    Inkay: ING-kay
    Malamar: MAL-uh-mar
    Binacle: BYE-nuh-kull
    Barbaracle: bar-BAR-uh-kull
    Skrelp: SKRELP
    Dragalge: dra-GAL-jee
    Clauncher: CLAUN-chur
    Clawitzer: CLAW-it-zur (not sure about this one)
    Helioptile: HEE-lee-OPE-tile (although I personally pronounce it HEE-lee-oh-tile for some reason)
    Tyrunt: TIE-runt
    Tyrantrum: tie-RAN-trum
    Amaura: uh-MORE-uh
    Aurorus: or-ROR-us
    Sylveon: SILL-vee-on
    Hawlucha: haw-LU-cha
    Dedenne: de-DEN (according to Poképédia, the "enne" part is from the French word "antenne" (antenna))
    Carbink: CAR-bink
    Goomy: GOO-mee (pls)
    Sliggoo: SLIG-goo
    Goodra: GOO-druh
    Klefki: CLEF-key
    Phantump: FAN-tump
    Trevenant: TREV-uh-nint
    Pumpkaboo: PUMP-ka-boo
    Gourgeist: GOOR-geist (like the "geist" in "Poltergeist")
    Bergmite: BURG-mite
    Avalugg: AH-vuh-lug
    Noibat: NOI-bat
    Noivern: NOI-vern
    Xerneas: ZURR-nee-us
    Yveltal: ee-VELL-tall
    Zygarde: ZAI-gard (at first, I pronounced it "zi-GARD", but the "zygote" argument on Poképédia seems valid)
  16. Integer Mova

    Integer Mova

    Oct 5, 2013
    I thought that Zygarde was pronounced as: zee-GAR-day, since the Japanese name's Hepburn is as follows: ji-ga-ru-de. But the localized names rarely, if ever, follow the Hepburn pronunciations.
  17. Shiruba


    Mar 1, 2013
    Are you sure it's Eh-ji-slash? Aegis comes from the Greek word for shield {Αιγίς} and γ [Gamma] is apparently pronounced like an English "G," thus more like Eh-gi-slash, with the hard "g," no?

    I'd suspect that it's because Regice sounds a lot less awkward and staggered than Regiice.
  18. An Okay Trainer

    An Okay Trainer

    Nov 3, 2013
    Oh, thank God for Cofagrigus' pronunciation.
  19. Codraroll

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    Nov 6, 2011
    The thing with Dragalge is that I'm not sure if it's two or three syllables. English is not my first language, you see. In a similar vein, is Florges one or two syllables?
  20. Trevenant


    Nov 15, 2013
    Here's just how I pronounce Dragalge, Aegislash, Florges, and Vivillon:
    Dragalge: Druh - gahl - gee
    Aegislash: I (Hard I) - guh - slash [Like, I guh slash]
    Florges: Floor - jess
    Vivillon: Vivi - lawn

    Might as well include how I pronounce all of them:
    Chespin: Chess - pin
    Quallidin: Qwui - lad - enn
    Chesnaught: Chess - not
    Fennekin: Fenn - ek - in
    Braixen: Brah - ixen (It is Blaze + Vixen, correct? Vixen has the hard I, so I think it is like that, not brai, but bra -i)
    Delphox: Dell - fox
    Froakie: Froh - kee
    Frogadier: Froh - guh - deer
    Greninja: Gray - ninja
    Bunnelby: Bunn - uhl - bye
    Diggersby: Dig - ers - bye
    Fletchling: Fleh - tch - ling
    Fletchinder: Fleh - tch - en - de
    Talonflame: Talon - flame
    Scatterbug: Scatter - bug
    Spewpa: Speu - pah
    Vivillon: Vivi - lawn
    Litleo: Lit - layo (Like Galileo)
    Pyroar: Pie - roar
    Flabébé: Fluh - bay - bay
    Floette: Flow - ette
    Florges: Floor - jess
    Skiddo: Ski - do
    Gogoat: Go - goat
    Pancham: Pan - cham
    Pangoro: Pan - go - row
    Furfrou: Fur - frow
    Espurr: Esp - err
    Meowstic: Meow - stick
    Honedge: Hone - edge
    Doublade: Dub - lade
    Aegislash: I (Hard I) - guh - slash [Like, I guh slash]
    Spritzee: Sprit - see
    Aromatisse: A - roam - uh - tees
    Swirlix: Swirl - licks
    Slurpuff: Slurp - uff
    Inkay: Ink - ayy
    Malamar: Mal - uh - mar
    Binacle: Bine - ackle
    Barbaracle: Bar - ber - acle
    Skrelp: Skrelp
    Draglage: Druh - gahl - gee
    Clauncher: Clawn - cherr
    Clawitzer: Claw - it - zer
    Helioptile: Hell - ee - ope - tile
    Heliolisk: Hell - ee - o - lisk
    Tyrunt: Ty - runt
    Tyrantrum: Ty - rant - trum
    Amaura: Uh - mor - uh
    Aurorus: Uh - roar - rus
    Sylveon: Sil - vee - on
    Hawlucha: Haw - lu - ch - uh
    Dedenne: Dead - en - ay
    Carbink: Carb - ink
    Goomy: Goo - me
    Sliggo: Slig - oo
    Goodra: Goo - druh
    Phantump: Phant - ump
    Trevenant: Trev - enn - unt
    Pumkaboo: Pump - kuh - boo
    Gourgeist: Gour (like Hour) - guyst
    Bergmite: Berg - might(like night)
    Avalugg: Av - uh - lugg
    Noibat: Noi - bat
    Noivern: Noi - vern
    Xerneas: Zer - nee - us
    Yveltal: Eee - vault - al
    Zygarde: Zye - guard - ay

    This is merely how I pronounce them, feel free to nitpick at this.
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2013
  21. Psywaves

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    Oct 2, 2013
    There certainly is a lot of debate regarding Pokemon name pronunciation.
    I suppose it's down to the English language's comparatively bizarre rules...But just a few from me:
    • Dragalge: Druh-Gal-Gee
    • Furfrou: Fur-Froo
    • Dedenne: Dead-Enn
    • Aegislash: Ay (Like "say")-Giss (Like "kiss")-Lash
    • Braixen: Break-Sen
    • Bunnelby: Bun-uhl-bee (This is also anime pronunciation, but the anime is inconsistent sometimes)
    • Diggersby: Dig-uhs-bee
    I'm not advocating that these are how everyone must pronounce them; you are welcome to disagree ^_^
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2014
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  22. Porygon361


    Nov 30, 2013
    I thought that Dedenne was supposed to be pronounced as De-de-neh, like how you pronounce antennae. Its the Antennae pokemon after all.
  23. Psywaves

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    Oct 2, 2013
    Valid point, I suppose.
  24. Onicon


    Jan 7, 2011
    Dedenne is a weird one. Its name is clearly based on the Japanese way to pronounce antenne - which more or less sounds like how a German, considering the e turned out NOT to be silent. That is how it looks like:

    ANTENNA, lat sin: [ɑnˈtɛnɑː] or [ɑnˈtɛnɑ] in ecc lat
    ANTENNAE, lat pl: [ɑnˈtɛnɑj] or [ɑnˈtɛnɛ] in ecc lat
    antenna, eng: [ænˈtenə]
    Antenne, ger: [anˈtɛnə]
    アンテナ, jap: [antena] an - te - na
    アンテネ, jap: [antene] an - te - ne

    Its name is デデンネ ; it is pronounced [dedene]. Pay attention on how the last e is pronounced. As you can see, there are only two antennae which fit the bill: Ecclesiastical Latin Plural or German Singular. The first one is in because Japanese do not have a way to pronounce ɛ (like fat), but only for us to rule it out right away because it is plural for no good reason. Which leaves us with German Singular.

    Probably, the 'proper' way to pronouce Dedenne is [de'dɛnə], which does not make matters easier. Come on, guys, let's practice the schwa, the half-silent e.
  25. ouchalargerock


    Dec 2, 2013
    One thing I noticed is the P is missing in PRIME-APE.

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