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  1. Yourjones
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    Read out the car brands

    Hello,

    I have no idea at all how these brands are called:

    Peugeot
    Is it Peu'geot, PUke-JOke-t?

    Hyundai
    Is it Hyun'dai, H-mINE-D-mIne?

    Jaguar
    Is it 'Jaguar, JAmes-vineGAR?

    Citroen
    Is it 'Citroen, SYprus-equesTRIAN

    I just wonder how most English speaker call these car makes though they are from different countries. Thanks a lot!

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    Re: Read out the car brands

    Quote Originally Posted by Yourjones View Post
    Hello,

    I have no idea at all how to pronounce these brands are called:

    Peugeot
    Is it Peu'geot, PUke-JOke-t?

    Hyundai
    Is it Hyun'dai, H-mINE-D-mIne?

    Jaguar
    Is it 'Jaguar, JAmes-vineGAR?

    Citroen
    Is it 'Citroen, SYprus-equesTRIAN

    I just wonder how most English speakers call say/pronounce these car makes, even though they are from different countries. Thanks a lot!
    Generally, they are pronounced the same way they are in the country they are from. The two French brands are pronounced:
    1) Per-jo (with a soft "j" as in the word "je" in French)
    Sit-ruhn or Sit-r'n
    Jaguar is pronounced in the same way as the animal: Jag-you-er
    Hyundai is pronounced by most people as: Hi-yuhn-die but some people use closer to the Japanese pronunciation of "Hyuhn-die". The difference is in the number of syllables. Those who use the first pronunciation give it three syllables, the second pronunciation has two syllables.

    I don't do phonetic symbols. Someone will probably be able to put the pronunciations into symbols for you.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  3. Yourjones
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    Thank you so much! It could take a while for people to understand me if I pronounced the car makes wrong. It's so helpful to know some of them can be pronounced differently just like the case of Hyundai without much misunderstanding. Thanks again!

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    Re: Read out the car brands

    I am not a teacher.

    Hyundai is Korean, not Japanese, but I doubt that makes any difference to how English speakers pronounce it.

    If an English speaker were to pronounce CitroŽn the same way that it is pronounced in France, everyone would think he didn't know how to say it properly. The diaeresis, or trťma, on the 'e' separates the two vowels so it is closer to /siːtroɛn/. They do, however, say 'Sit-ruhn' in England.

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    Re: Read out the car brands

    In the US, "Hyundai" is "HUN-day."

    "Jaguar" is more like two syllables. Jag-ware, where the second syllable is like the word "are."

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    Re: Read out the car brands

    Oops, sorry about the Japan/Korea mix-up. I'm not up on my cars. I have heard "Hyundai" pronounced with no mention of the "y" but I wasn't aware it was a common pronunciation in AmE.

    I had forgotten about the "Ž" in CitroŽn. It is written simply as "Citroen" so often in the UK that I'm totally used to seeing it like that.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Read out the car brands

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    In the US, "Hyundai" is "HUN-day."

    "Jaguar" is more like two syllables. Jag-ware, where the second syllable is like the word "are."
    They manage to stretch it out to three syllables in the UK: JAG-you-are. (Until I learned that it made the lyrics of Nazareth's "Holiday" ever so difficult for me to understand!)

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