View Full Version : Po-Key-Mon or Po-Kay-Mon?

March 21st, 2006, 9:12 PM
I know that the name is technically pronounced Po-kay-mon but ever since I saw the word, I pronounced it as the first one I mentioned. I've never really thought the latter sounded very good.

Anyway, how do you pronounce it? One of these two ways...or another? (XD)

March 22nd, 2006, 3:34 AM

Thats how I pronounce it (since it's a direct reading of the Japanese spelling...)

March 22nd, 2006, 5:06 AM
I interchange
Po-KAY-mon and Po-KEE-mon and some weird combo of Po-Kay-ee-mon, and Po-kuh-mon.

March 22nd, 2006, 5:50 AM
I've always pronounced it Po-kay-mon.

Phoenix Riley
March 22nd, 2006, 6:51 AM
I say Po-kuh-mon is that really really weird?

March 22nd, 2006, 10:06 AM
Po-kay-mon. Always have pronounced it that way.

March 22nd, 2006, 10:19 AM
I've always pronounced it somewhere between Po-kay-mon and the correct Japanese pronunciation. Eh, it usually bothers me a little when people say Po-kee-mon, which is how my Dad says it. My Dad's bad with names though... for three years he called Misty: Christy. XD

Po-kay-mon is how it should be pronounced in the US though (as stated), because the accent above the "e" makes it change its sound to an "ay" sound. But, meh, say it the way you want, no one's going to arrest you. ^____^

March 22nd, 2006, 10:30 AM
I say Po-kuh-mon is that really really weird?
It depends on your accent and where you're from really. In Ash's early days of being a trainer I recall him pronouncing it as Po-Kuh-Mon, as the Sandshrew trainer AJ did. Whereas people such as Dario, the Dodrio trainer, pronounced it as Po-Key-Mon. Officer Jenny (or one of her clones) often pronounces it as Po-Kay-Mon and/or Po-Kuh-Mon.

However, to answer the question, I say Po-Kay-Mon.


March 22nd, 2006, 10:55 AM
I pronounce it as "Poh-kuh-mon" at times if I'm feeling lazy or if I'm talking quickly enough...however, my normal pronunciation of it is more along the lines of "Poh-keh-mon".

March 22nd, 2006, 10:57 AM
I'm more of a Po-kay-mon (or maybe it's more like keh/kuh, I'm not sure)person. I'm pretty stingy about that.
My little brother says po-kee-mon and it drives me mad sometimes @_@

March 22nd, 2006, 10:59 AM
Because of my British accent I've always pronounced it 'Po-kuh-mon'.

I've sometimes heard people around my area pronounce it 'Poh-ko-mon'. Where I live it's either 'Po-kuh-mon' or 'Poh-ko-mon'. I've never heard anybody pronounce it Po-kay-mon.

March 22nd, 2006, 11:21 AM

Thats how I pronounce it (since it's a direct reading of the Japanese spelling...)
Ditto here, pretty much...

March 22nd, 2006, 12:00 PM
Po-keh-mon, sort of. Like kohei and Dragonfree, I tend to pronounce it more as a Japanese word rather than English. o_O;

It bugs me when it's pronounced any other way. XD

March 22nd, 2006, 1:48 PM
Hmm... Intresting topic. I'd say I pronounce it like Po-Khe-Mon. :)

March 22nd, 2006, 1:52 PM
I seem to pronounce it po-key-mon for some reason.

March 22nd, 2006, 1:52 PM
Po-kay-mon, because the é makes the 'ay' sound.

March 22nd, 2006, 5:36 PM
Po-kay-mon cuz that's what the shows says.

March 22nd, 2006, 6:05 PM
I have always said it as "poke-a-mon" or "po-kuh-mon" mabye its because im from the south ^_^

March 22nd, 2006, 6:12 PM
I pronounce it "Po-kay-mon" :P Unless I'm feeling lazy,I interchange.

March 22nd, 2006, 6:23 PM
Yall it dont matta we all humans we all pokeman
Dont matta how ya says its cause we all people
Yannow meen?

Crystal Clair
March 22nd, 2006, 7:10 PM
Eh, it usually bothers me a little when people say Po-kee-mon
Me too O_o and it KILLS me to hear PokeMAN.
I say it either Pokuhmon, Pokaymon or Pokehmon, mostly the first and the last.
And did you know, in the first part of the first season, everyone pronounced it Pokuhmon, even Ash and Prof Oak! I know this because I watch the old episodes a lot now.

March 23rd, 2006, 5:50 PM
I say either Po-kuh-mon or Poke-mon.


March 23rd, 2006, 5:54 PM

That's just how a Minnesotan would pronounce it though. "u" sound abounds here!

March 24th, 2006, 9:01 PM
Offtopic, but it occured to me that if we collect people from all around the world and make them say "POKEMON!" at the same... it'll be cool.

One word, so many ways.

March 24th, 2006, 9:10 PM
XD these are one the most wierdest threads i've ever seen. anyways....i think the common wait to say is po-kay-mon, i h8 it when ppl say po-kee-mon....well some ppl have been saying they h8 it too. =P

March 24th, 2006, 10:30 PM
When I was younger, I pronounced it as
- Po-Key-Mon

Now, I pronounce it as somewhere along the lines of
- Po-keh-mon

My mom and dad pronouce it as....Po-ka-mon.^^;;

March 25th, 2006, 3:10 PM
I Prunounce it like Poh-Kuh-mon I Can't help it xD

March 25th, 2006, 4:35 PM
I think it's Poke-uh-mon, but I say Po-ka-mon ^^;

Crysta Blade
March 26th, 2006, 12:56 AM
Po-kuh-mon. That's how I first heard it, and I've pronounced it as such ever since. It bothers me to hear it any other way.

March 26th, 2006, 3:31 PM
I have pronouned it Poke-key-mon ever seince I started playing the games. O-o; Infact, that's how everyone around where I live pronouce it.

March 26th, 2006, 8:41 PM
heh, maybe like this POKE-EEH-MON

-:Buro-kun Tsubasa:-
March 26th, 2006, 8:47 PM
Poke-uh-mon, or Pocket Monsters, or Pokketo Monstaa.

March 26th, 2006, 8:55 PM
I used to always say "Poh-kee-mon." o-O Until they began pronouncing it as "Poh-kay-mon" in the anime did I change my ways...but now I just use a mix of both (I too think "Poh-kay-mon" sounds kinda funny when said aloud O.<).


March 27th, 2006, 3:09 AM
I say Po - ka - mon.

In the Official Pokemon handbook, it says its prnounced Po - Kay - Mahn.

Each to their own I guess!

March 27th, 2006, 3:16 AM
I pronounce it as the first one.

This thread reminds me of one of the first threads I ever posted...

March 27th, 2006, 4:39 AM
I say Po-key-mon...I find it easier to say

Forest Grovyle
March 27th, 2006, 6:44 AM
Yes, I agree - I pronounce it Po-key-mon because I find it a lot easier to say (I think it may just be my accent which makes it that way). Po-kay-mon sounds very awkward when I say it.


March 27th, 2006, 10:37 AM
I actually say Poh-kay-mon. XP

Especially because it really seems like a Portuguese word, if it wasn't for the 'k'. XD

But yeah, I do find it a lot easier to say Poh-kay-mon. XP

March 27th, 2006, 2:23 PM
I usually say "po-keh-mon", but sometimes I get lazy and say "po-key-mon or Po-kuh-mon.

March 28th, 2006, 7:01 AM
My mom and dad pronouce it as....Po-ka-mon.^^;;

Lol. Same with me. When I was younger I use to call it 'Pokamon' ...Dunno why... my mom calls it 'Po-key-mon', but I never have.
About 6 years ago I made it a point to say it correctly, and now I call it 'Po-kay-mon by habit, it also helped when I learned how 'e's were pronounced in Japan. I don't think anything of it anymore.

March 29th, 2006, 1:19 PM
the pronunciation is really weird but really who cares.

March 29th, 2006, 3:15 PM
I usually say po-keh-mon or po-ka-mon. Usually the second. Just how I've always said it.

March 29th, 2006, 3:17 PM
I pronounce it Po-key-mon.


March 29th, 2006, 3:20 PM
. . .



Because it sounds way better.


~*!*~Tatsujin Gosuto~*!*~
March 30th, 2006, 9:17 AM
I say Po-key-mon

:t003:Dark Venusaur

April 7th, 2006, 4:49 AM
I pronounce it as pokaymon because of this (`) thingy over the 'e'. Ash does it too but Misty prononunce pokuhmon.

April 7th, 2006, 11:05 AM
Po - kay - mahn, here. The accent over the lowercase e is what forces me to do it. I can't stand to mispronounce a word.

Though when I was eight-years-old, I often pronounced Po - kuh - mahn.

April 7th, 2006, 4:33 PM
I pronounce it as Po-kay-mon. Oddly enough, it doesn't annoy me when people pronounce it as Po-key-mon or even as Po-key-man. But I cannot STAND when people pronounce it as Po-kuh-mon o_o;;

April 8th, 2006, 5:26 AM
I've always said "Po-key-mon". That's how everyone says it here. I guess I'm just weird. >_<

April 8th, 2006, 5:29 AM
I Prunounce it like Poh-Kuh-mon I Can't help it xD

I pronounce it that way too...

April 8th, 2006, 6:45 PM
I pronounce it pok-kee-mon.

My mom and dad pronounce it pok-kay-man...which I hate.:knockedou

Dawg 2005
April 8th, 2006, 6:56 PM
I say whatever comes out. XD

Sometimes I'll say po-kee-mon, sometimes I'll say po-kay-mon, mostly po-kuh-mon though. O_o

April 8th, 2006, 7:15 PM
I always pronounce it somewhere between po-kuh-mon and pokey-mon.. XD I'm odd about pronouncing it..

JX Valentine
April 8th, 2006, 8:40 PM
mostly po-kuh-mon though

Good to know I'm not the only one who does that. XD I've always pronounced it that way, though I'm not sure why. It just seems natural.

April 10th, 2006, 4:53 PM
Poke-uh-mon. Always said it that way, always will.

Lt. Surge's Raichu
April 11th, 2006, 6:14 AM
poke-e-mon. Dunno why, just always say that

April 11th, 2006, 4:53 PM
I say po-kay-mon because there is an accent sign above the e in pokemon. Anyways, Po-kee-mon sounds really annoying for some reason.

April 11th, 2006, 4:59 PM
I say Pok-ee-mon. Sounds proper.

April 11th, 2006, 5:09 PM
Going by the basic pronunciation rules of many languages, it's pronounced Poh-KAY-mohn.

April 20th, 2006, 3:24 PM
When I was younger, I used to pronounce it as Po-key-mon. Then, I started saying Po-kay-mon because of the show. Now, after just starting Japanese as my second language at school, I say Po-kay-mon or Po-keh-mon, occasionally slipping back into Po-key-mon. Can't really help it. ^.^;

April 20th, 2006, 5:06 PM
Long 'a' sound, 'po-kay-mon'. Owing to the fact that it's not in most other language that a transliterated 'e' sounds like 'e' in 'me'.

Gary, the Magic Fairy
April 20th, 2006, 5:45 PM
I say "pok-keh-mon", or "Po-kuh-mon". That actually sounds pretty stupid when you think about it...

April 20th, 2006, 6:49 PM
i say po-keh-mon or po-ka-mon.. thats how me and my bro always said it, but my cousins say po-kee-mon, at least they did the last time i visited. which was a long time ago XD

April 21st, 2006, 7:48 AM
I've always said Po-keh-mon, since it has the é in it. It's the mark of a true Manly Man.

April 21st, 2006, 11:11 AM
I've used just about every pronounciation at some point, but I usually say "po-kuh-mon".

June 27th, 2007, 9:12 PM
either one.....and who the heck cares about it anyway? its just Ashs voice in the anime sounds like po-ka-mon

June 28th, 2007, 6:32 AM
*pokes at the 2006 date on the rest of the posts* Okay, please be aware of the dates whenever posting in a thread, since a year is definitely a bit too long to be reviving something here.