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    How should I pronounce "karaoke"?

    "Karaoke" is originated from Japanese.
    We, Japanese, pronounce it "Kah-rah-oh-keh."
    Do we have to pronounce it like "carry-oh-key" when we talk about karaoke with English-speaking people?
    If we pronounce it like "kah-rah-oh-keh," do English-speaking people understand what it is?

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    Re: How should I pronounce "karaoke"?

    Type in "karakoke definition" into google and click on the merriam webster link. It has all the different pronunciations. Click on the speaker button to hear a native speaker saying it. This goes for any word you are unsure about.

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    Re: How should I pronounce "karaoke"?

    Somera’s answer is very helpful.

    I will add that in my experience, most westerners will understand when you say “kah-rah-oh-keh" if the context is clear. Most of us don’t realize that Japanese people have a different pronunciation, so they might be interested to learn the difference.

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