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Miss Doronjo
May 7th, 2011, 4:22 AM
How do you pronounce the names of certain pokemon?

Like for me, I used to pronounce Groudon "groo-don", and Linoone "Lin-On".

May 7th, 2011, 5:19 AM
Because we all came from various countries this will become interesting. These are the way I pronounce some Pokemon name:

Pidgeot "Pi-jiot"
Clefairy "Kle-fe-ri"
Hypno "Hi-peno"

And when I small I used to pronounce Jynx "Jin-ex", because when I pronounce it I separating the Jyn and x.

May 7th, 2011, 5:53 AM
How do you pronounce the names of certain pokemon?

Like for me, I used to pronounce Groudon "groo-don", and Linoone "Lin-On".
I thought that was how you pronounced Groudon.
I pronounce Audino "Awe-deeno". I have since found out that its name was meant to be a pun on "I dunno".

May 7th, 2011, 7:57 AM
Groudon: (Graw-don)
Clafairy: (Cla-fair-e)
Hypno: (Hip-no)

May 7th, 2011, 7:58 AM
What's the official pronunciation for Suicune? I always said "Swee-koon", but my friends range from that to "soo-ih-koon-ay" to "soo-ih-soon-ay". :c

May 7th, 2011, 8:07 AM
No its swee-coon like you read it !! Its said in the move pokemon 4 ever.

May 7th, 2011, 9:10 AM
I say Groo-don too, but I think the official way -which I hate- is Graw-don. I pronounce Sneasel as Sneessel but in the anime they say Sneezel (euw).

R.K 9
May 7th, 2011, 10:21 AM
I used to pronounce xatu as 'ex-aytu' but then I thought it sounded weird so I prounced it as 'zatu'.

May 7th, 2011, 10:36 AM
Xatu as Ex-atu when I was young, Loo-jee-ah instead of Loo-gee-uh.

May 7th, 2011, 11:21 AM
I thowgt Hydreigon = Hy-dro-gen

May 7th, 2011, 12:11 PM
I say so many wrong...

Kyogre is Ky-rogue. Like Tyrogue I guess?

Groundon is ground...-on.

I used to say Meganium as Mag-ne-um (or maybe that was Pokemon Stadium) if that counts.

May 7th, 2011, 12:19 PM
Raikou has been pronounced differently in the anime around 10 different ways which is a bit confusing.

I just say, Rhy-koo.

May 8th, 2011, 8:54 PM
I used to pronounce Kyogre as 'ki-og-ree', which I still probably do sometimes.

And I used to pronounce Pikachu as 'pie-ka-chi', which I think is very funny because its so horribly wrong. xD

May 9th, 2011, 1:15 AM
I follow the anime pronunciations. But I used to pronounce Bonsly as "Bons-lee"

May 9th, 2011, 6:33 AM
i pronounce arceus as ars-e-is, groudon as grao-you-don, lugia as loo-ge-uh, and so on...

May 9th, 2011, 6:52 AM
For the record, Raikou is pronounced like in Japanese. I'm surprised the movie 13 dub got it right after all the screw-ups back when 4kids was doing the dub. For Zweilous and Hydreigon, the "ei" is pronounced like in German due to the theme naming. Finally, Regice is "Reg-ice", not "Re-gi-ice" unless you're Japanese.

May 9th, 2011, 6:56 AM
I used to call Gyarados gai-ara-dos. XD
I didn't know the Y was silent until I watched the Anime.

May 9th, 2011, 7:07 AM
Groudon as grr-ow-don? is that right?

Seeds Horizon
May 9th, 2011, 7:43 AM
I pronounce them usually how they see to me, which is normally right. I used to watch the anime as a kid a lot, so most of the Gen I-III Pokemon names I know the right versions of, but for Gen IV-V I just call it like it seems XD. Groudon I used to think Groo-de-on, Kyogre was Ke-yo-ge-re XD.

May 10th, 2011, 4:10 PM



I used to pronounce a lot wrong :x

May 10th, 2011, 6:08 PM
Because I anticipated that Zoroark's name would be romanized as "Zoloarc", I still pronounce it as such even though my theory didn't hold up. XD

May 10th, 2011, 7:00 PM
I pronounce Groundon as Ground-dog.

The Noob Hacker
May 10th, 2011, 8:08 PM
Groudon- Grouw-don (Like "ground" without the "d" sound followed by "don".)

Kyogre- Kai-Oh-Gur

Arceus- Ar-See-Us (I hate how the official pronunciation is apparently Ar-Kee-Us)

Linoone- Lie-Noon

Dusknoir- Dusk-Nu-Our (Never was sure how to pronounce this one, I just pronounce the last part like you would with the variety of wine.)

There have probably been a lot of Pokemon I didn't pronounce right, I just can't remember them at the time.

May 11th, 2011, 5:36 AM
At first, my brain switched the letters in "Ariados" so I pronounced it uh-RY-dos. Then there's Dusknoir and Gardevoir, which I used to pronounce Dusk-NWAH and Gar-duh-VWAH, but now I say them Dusk-NOR and Gar-duh-VOR. Of course, there was a time when I said Dusk-NOY-er, which is even worse. I still don't know how to pronounce those two.
With Xatu I sometimes try to pronounce the X as an X, so it comes out "KSATU." Other times I say "ZATU".
Suicune has always been a challenge for me, so I just say it the way it's spelled: SOO-i-coon.

May 11th, 2011, 6:11 AM
I had some pretty bad pronunciations when it came down to pokemon, I'll list some of them:


Also, I called Striaton city Stration, but that was because I wasn't really paying attention.

May 13th, 2011, 4:02 PM
I was watching the anime earlier and I discovered more pokémon I've been pronouncing incorrectly all this time :P


Me: Are-aye-a-dos
Proper: Air-ee-ah-dose


Me: Mill-aww-tic
Proper: My-low-tic


Me: Hound-oor
Proper: Hound-are

May 15th, 2011, 6:54 PM
I used to call Gyarados gai-ara-dos. XD
I didn't know the Y was silent until I watched the Anime.
me too xDD

Well there's
Groudon: groo-don
Rayquaza: ray-qwa-za
Kyogre: kio-greh
Snivy: snee-vy

May 16th, 2011, 1:09 AM
Dusknoir- Dusk-nwar
Unown- Anon
Jirachi - Jeer-ah-chee
Corsola- Core-sulla
Pachirisu- Pah-chur-ee-soo
Pidove- (with a short i) Pih-duv
Arcanine- Are-kay-nine

May 17th, 2011, 10:37 AM
Also Snivy...

I thought it was Sniv-ee as opposed to Sny-vee lol :)

Maple Leaf
May 17th, 2011, 11:08 AM
I pronounce "Houndour" like hound-our. Just the way it looks. =/

Some of my pronunciations are so weird that I can't even describe the phonetics of them. Ugh, they're certainly different, thanks to being around my friends who are utterly clueless on pronouncing them. >_>

May 17th, 2011, 7:30 PM
Since I don't think I ever watched the anime, I really don't know how to pronounce most the names. But here are my gut reactions on some of the weird ones:

*Rayquaza = Ray-KAH-za, Groudon = GROU-don as in ground , and Kyogre = Key-OH-gur

*Arceus = AR-kee-us, as in arcane. (Apparently this is right. Huh.)

*Gardevoir = GAR-de-wahr, as in some weird combination of Latin and French pronunciations, or something.

*Hydreigon = Hi-DREE-jun, which I'm like 99% sure is wrong but I don't know what to change it to.

May 17th, 2011, 9:18 PM
I also pronounce Giratina as ji-ra-teena but then I heard they pronounced it as gi-ra-teena but I refuse to say gi-ra-teena xDD.

May 17th, 2011, 9:47 PM
I also pronounce Giratina as ji-ra-teena but then I heard they pronounced it as gi-ra-teena but I refuse to say gi-ra-teena xDD.
When I watched that movie with Giratina, they pronounced it as 'ji-ra-tee-na' so your pronunciation is probably correct. I'm not that sure, though. I never watch the Pokemon anime anymore. I just caught a glimpse of that Giratina movie on Cartoon Network when I was switching channels.

May 17th, 2011, 10:41 PM
Charizard: Cha-ro-zord
Suicune: Sway-cune
gyrados: Gary-dos
Magikarp: Magic-Karp
Exeggutor: Exact-gu-rator
Teddisura: Ted-dy-saurus (LOL)

I know they are weird :P

May 18th, 2011, 5:22 AM
I thowgt Hydreigon = Hy-dro-gen

That makes me laugh XD

I pronounce there this way:

Groudon as Gr-ow-don
Alomomola as Alo-momo-la
Rayquaza as Ray-kway-za
Entei as En-tay
Raikou as Rai-koo
Suicune as Swee-coon

I do believe that Audino could be pronounced either way irrespective of the way it's pronounced in the anime:

Audino as Awdeenoe
or as Aw-deenoe

Can't think of any others XD

May 30th, 2011, 1:29 AM
Pronunciation mistakes I used to make:

Pidgeot: PID-jit (that's what the Official Pokemon Handbook said--I guess it was wrong)
Chinchou: chin-CHOO
Xatu: EX-ah-too
Misdreavus: mis-DREE-vus
Mismagius: mis-MAGE-ee-us
Houndour: houn-DOO-er
Raikou: rai-KOO
Entei: EN-tie
Suicune: SOO-ih-koon
Celebi: sell-EB-ee
Sceptile: SKEP-tie-ull
Manectric: ma-NECK-trick
Rayquaza: ray-KWAH-za
Milotic: mill-AH-tick
Sewaddle: SEE-wad-dull
Uxie: OOK-see
Plusle: PLUS-lee
Gallade: GAL-aid

Names I deliberately mispronounce:

My way: ILL-oo-mise
Their way: ill-oo-MEE-zay

My way: ar-SAY-us
Their way: ARK-ee-us

May 30th, 2011, 4:26 AM
Some of mine are;

Rayquaza - Ray-KWA-za
Groudon - GROO-don
Kyogre - Ki-OH-ger

May 30th, 2011, 4:46 AM
This is an on-going problem for me. XD I usually pronounce names based on spellings, such as for Buneary, Gliscor, etc. Also:

Sableye: Sab-lai
Girafarig: Gee-raf-rig
Kyogre: Kee-yo-gre
Rayquaza: Rai-qua-za
Chinchou: Chin-choo

...and so much more.

June 5th, 2011, 11:14 AM
How about this: Pi-ka-chu

April 29th, 2012, 10:31 AM
You know you're Canadian/French when you first see Herdier and pronounce it as Herd-ee-yay :P

Edit: Oops, my bad on the necro post, my apologies

April 29th, 2012, 10:39 AM
That's funny, but keep in mind it's against the rules to bump threads older than a month. Feel free to remake this thread if you'd like though!