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    Default How do you pronounce "Toyota"?

    Hi Everybody,

    Recently the name of Toyota always appears in the news and I always hear the different anchors to pronounce "Toyota", some of them would pronounce To.yo.ta, but some of them would pronounce "Toy.yo.ta", I really want to know what correct pronunciation of "Toyota" is? Thanks.

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    Default Re: How do you pronounce "Toyota"?

    It is spelt as To.yo.ta not as u said i think....

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    Default Re: How do you pronounce "Toyota"?

    In the U.S. it is pronounced "Toy-o-ta" but little, if any, difference w/"Toy-yo-ta". Try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    In the U.S. it is pronounced "Toy-o-ta" but little, if any, difference w/"Toy-yo-ta". Try it.

    I just wonder the first syllable is "To" or "Toy".....coz sometimes I hear the anchors say "To" (Weak) and sometimes they say "Toy" (Weak)

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    Default Re: How do you pronounce "Toyota"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Williamyh View Post
    I just wonder the first syllable is "To" or "Toy".....coz sometimes I hear the anchors say "To" (Weak) and sometimes they say "Toy" (Weak)
    It's a Japanese word, so the "correct" pronunciation in English is a matter of opinion. Do you pronounce it as the Japanese do - which, I imagine would involve three syllables to, yo and ta; or do you pronounce it as toy-o-ta, which is how an English-speaking person would instinctively say it?
    As you have discovered, different people take a different view.
    I say /tɔɪíjɔʊta/

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    Default Re: How do you pronounce "Toyota"?

    The correct Japanese pronunciation is Toya-Ta

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    Default Re: How do you pronounce "Toyota"?

    Quote Originally Posted by ikuo1 View Post
    The correct Japanese pronunciation is Toya-Ta
    But in English ads they say "To-yo-ta" anyway, right?

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    Default Re: How do you pronounce "Toyota"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luka Nieto View Post
    But in English ads they say "To-yo-ta" anyway, right?
    Yes that's true, that is the correct pronunciation in English.

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    Default Re: How do you pronounce "Toyota"?

    Many Americans pronounce it Toy Yo da.
    There was even a lawsuit about it

    "Former Hooters waitress settles toy Yoda suit
    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A former waitress has settled her lawsuit against Hooters, the restaurant that gave her a toy Yoda doll instead of the Toyota she thought she had won."

    As newbie I am not allowed to post the link

    usatoday.com/news/nation/2002/05/09/toy-yoda.htm

    copy and paste it to your browser if you want to read the whole story.

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