Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The "not-very-english" brand names that are tough to pronounce.. !!

                      Pronouncing an italian brand name could be difficult, but if you dont wanna embarass yourself saying ver-sa-see for ver-sah-chee (versace) or ball-main for bal-mah (balmain), you might have to learn the pronunciation.. We Indians find it impossible to get it rite, but trust me, we got the best tongue of all, and if you have learnt french, its a total humdinger.. :D  you find me wrong anywhere ??, please feel free to get me on board.... my pleasure :) i hv been working on this for quite some time now and am pretty sure it aint a bummer...

Abaeté:    Ah-bye-ah-tay

Agnes B:    Ah-ni-ess Beh

Alejandro Ingelmo:     Allay-handro In-gel-mo (latino)

Alexandre Herchcovitch:      Ah-le-zan-dreh Hair-ch-co-vich

Andrew Gn:     Andrew Jen (rhymes with “ten”)

Andy Thê-Anh:     An-dee Tay-Ann

Anya Hindmarch:      Ahn-ya Heind-march

Arthur Mendonça:      Ar-thur Men-doe-sa

Badgley Mischka:       Badge-lee Meesh-ka

Balmain:      Bal-mah

Bottega Veneta:     Bo-tega Ven-e-ta

Bulgari:     Ball-gah-ree

Burberry Prorsum:      Bur-bur-ree Pror-some

Carolina Herrera:      Caro-leena Hair-era

Cesare Paciotti:      Che-sah-ray Pah-cho-tee

Chaiken:      Chay-ken

Christian Lacroix:       La-Kwa

Christian Louboutin:      Loo-boo-tin (“tin” rhymes with the French word “vin”)

Diane von Furstenberg:      Fur-sten-berg (pronounced as spelled)

Dolce & Gabbana:      Dole-ch-aye Ga-bon-na

Dries Van Noten:      Drees Van Know-ten

Ermenegildo Zegna:      Er-men-a-geel-do Zen-ya (repeat it till u get it rite.. :P tough cookie)

Etienne Aigner:      Eh-tee-yen On-yay

Gareth Pugh:      Gareth Pew

Giles Deacon:      Jy-els Dee-kin

Givenchy:     Jee-von-shee

Giambattista Valli:     Gee-ahm-battista Valley

Hedi Slimane:     Eddy Sli-mahn

Hermès:     Air-mez

Hervé Léger:      Air-vay Lay-jay

James Perse:      James Perse (as in a lady’s purse, not ‘pierce your ear’)

Joeffer Caoc:      Joe-fur Kay-ock

Junya Watanabe:       Joon-ya Wah-tah-nah-bay

Lambertson Truex:       Lam-bert-son Tru-ex

Lanvin:       Lon-vin (“vin” also rhymes with the French word for “wine”)

L’Wren Scott:      Le-ren Skot

Loewe:       Low-ev-ay

Louis Vuitton:       Loo-ee Voo-ee-ton

Madame Gres:        Madame Gray

Marchesa:       Mar-kay-sa

Mainbocher:        Maynbo-shay

Moschino:         Mo-ski-no

Monique Lhullier:        Mo-neek Loo-lee-ay

Narciso Rodriguez:        Nar-siss-so Ro-dree-gez

Nicolas Ghesquière:         Ni-co-la Guess-ki-air

Olivier Theyskens:       Oli-vier Tay-skins

Pierre Cardin:        Pee-air Car-dain

Proenza Schouler:        Pro-enza Skool-er

Ralph Lauren:       Ralph Lauren (as in Lauren the girl’s name, not Sophia Loren)

Rei Kawakubo:       Ray Kah-wah-koo-bo

Rodarte:      Ro-dar-tay

6267:       Six-two-six-seven (not Sixty-two-sixty-seven)

Sonia Rykiel:       Sonia Ree-kee-eel

Sophia Kokosalaki:      So-fee-a Ko-ko-sah-lah-kee

Thakoon:        Ta-koon

Thierry Mugler:       Tee-air-ree Moog-lay

Tibi:      Tbi (not Tee-bee)

Tocca:        Toe-ka

Versace:       Ver-sah-chee

Vionnet:        Vee-oh-nay

Yohji Yamamoto:      Yo-jee Ya-ma-mo-to

Yves Saint Laurent:     Eve San Lor-ron

Zac Posen:     Poe-zen

and FYI  Ms.P,  The word TUITION is pronounced  'too-ish-uh n '  and not 'tyoo-sh-uhn' ...  check the world wide web if you wanna know more about it..

PS: oh yeah.. i am jobless by choice!! if that is what you are thinking.. :P


Anonymous said...

good work, i know a friend who says versasee

ABI said...

lol.. thanks!!

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