How Do You Pronounce Pokémon?

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#1 Posted by Psykhophear (1165 posts) -
Poke the Mon!
Poke the Mon!
 
 
 
 
 
 
For me, I always pronounce it as poh-kee-mon but some people pronounce it as pockeh-mon (like the animated series).
 
How do you guys pronounce it? Is there an official way of saying it?
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#2 Posted by Tylea002 (2382 posts) -

   I pronounce it "Digimon," or I don't say it at all. 
 
Okay, that's an exaggeration, Poh-ka-mon.

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#3 Posted by sickVisionz (1307 posts) -

Poe Kay Mon

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#4 Posted by khann (3230 posts) -

I say poe-key-mon. 
 
If you pronounced it pock-eh-mon, you wouldn't have sweet jokes such as this: 
 
How do you get Pikachu on a bus? 
 
You poke him on. 

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#5 Posted by Psykhophear (1165 posts) -
@Khann: That's funny XD.
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#6 Edited by MattyFTM (14786 posts) -

Poh-kee-manz. 
 
No, just joking. I'm very lazy with my pronunciation of it and sort of say "poh-ka-mon", rather than "poh-kay-mon" like it's supposed to be pronounced.

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#7 Posted by ShadowofIntent (285 posts) -

Pokey mon

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#8 Posted by spazmaster666 (2111 posts) -

Po-keh-mon is definitely the official way of pronouncing. Hell they even accent the e to let you know that it's supposed to be an "eh" sound, not an "ee" sound. Also "ke" is pronounced "keh" in Japanese, while "ki" is pronounced as "kee."

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#9 Edited by Sanj (3090 posts) -

Po-ker-mon.  
   
The r in "ker" is soft (I'm English).

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#10 Posted by jacksukeru (6526 posts) -

Po-keh-tu mon-su-ta

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#11 Posted by elko84 (1342 posts) -

using your mouth

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#12 Posted by Sayishere (1854 posts) -

poke em on

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#13 Posted by dudeglove (12254 posts) -

You're all wrong, it's pronounced "Pac-man"

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#14 Posted by Icemael (6846 posts) -

The way it's supposed to be pronounced. Pocke as in "pocket", and then mon as in "monsters".

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#15 Edited by Tebbit (4589 posts) -

Pocahontas. 
 
And I'm sorry to have to revert to a meme to get this point across, but:

This is not the correct pronunciation!
This is not the correct pronunciation!
Po-ka-mon. Or Po-ka-mans, If I'm feeling radical enough.
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#16 Posted by MattyFTM (14786 posts) -
@Icemael said:
" The way it's supposed to be pronounced. Pocke as in "pocket", and then mon as in "monsters". "
No it's not. Just because it's called Pocket Monsters in Japan, doesn't mean that's how Pokémon is pronounced over here. The use of an é rather than an e tells you that. é is pronounced "ay", like in café or resumé, and it's the same in Pokémon.
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#17 Posted by Aronman789 (2737 posts) -

Poe-kah-mon

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#18 Posted by Icemael (6846 posts) -
@MattyFTM said:
" @Icemael said:
" The way it's supposed to be pronounced. Pocke as in "pocket", and then mon as in "monsters". "
No it's not. Just because it's called Pocket Monsters in Japan, doesn't mean that's how Pokémon is pronounced over here. The use of an é rather than an e tells you that. é is pronounced "ay", like in café or resumé, and it's the same in Pokémon. "
It's called Pokémon in Japan, too, and the pronunciation of names don't change depending on region.
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#19 Posted by inkerman (1493 posts) -

Poe-keh-mon
 
@Icemael:
Yeah they do.

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#20 Posted by JJWeatherman (14906 posts) -

Poke-uh-mon

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#21 Edited by Icemael (6846 posts) -
@Inkerman: No, they don't. For example, "Mac Donarudusu" or whatever is not the correct pronunciation of McDonalds, regardless of whether it would've been pronounced that way if it was a Japanese name.
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#22 Posted by Gamer_152 (14464 posts) -

Poe-key-mon.

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#23 Edited by StarvingGamer (11266 posts) -

The right way.

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#24 Edited by Jack268 (3370 posts) -

Poe-kuh-mon 
 
or in swedish "Påck-E-mån"

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#25 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6651 posts) -

  

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#26 Posted by Bollard (7429 posts) -

  

  @LordXavierBritish:
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#27 Posted by Droop (1927 posts) -

Po-key-mon

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#28 Posted by inkerman (1493 posts) -
@Icemael: But 'Paree' is not the correct way for English speakers to pronounce Paris.
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#29 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4312 posts) -

i pronounce it pok-eh-moan.  i cut the "o" sound short.  i grew up with more of the japanese shows so i just stuck with pronouncing it that way

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#30 Posted by Afroman269 (7440 posts) -
@Chavtheworld: Despite that being fake, I chuckled. 
 
Oh and I say Pok-ee-mon
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#31 Posted by KingPossum (241 posts) -

Poe-Keh-Mon

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#32 Posted by ArbitraryWater (14474 posts) -

Really, I just use them all interchangably. Pokey-Mon, Poh-kay-mahn, Pokeymanz, etc etc. That might make me a bad person.

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#33 Posted by HandsomeDead (11853 posts) -

Poh-ker-mon

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#34 Posted by keyhunter (3208 posts) -

I usually pronounce it polkaman or pokeyermom. It's officially pronounced po-ke-mo-n (pokaymo-n) though since it's a Jap IP.

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#35 Posted by Dany (8018 posts) -

pough keugh mougn

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#36 Posted by MisterMouse (3601 posts) -

I say Pokemon based of what it is in japanese... just how I learned it.

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#37 Posted by Icemael (6846 posts) -
@Inkerman: Cities and countries are special cases. Hell, often, their original names are just outright scrapped -- take "Japan", which in Japanese is called "Nippon".
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#38 Posted by FlyingRat (1454 posts) -

The way they said it in the anime series.

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#39 Posted by Subjugation (4954 posts) -

Poke-A-Mon

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#40 Posted by Wes (270 posts) -
Poke Ayyy Mon 
Poke Ayyy Mon 
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#41 Posted by YetiAntics (1520 posts) -

Poe-Key-Mans

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#42 Posted by kingzetta (4497 posts) -

Poke EEEEEEEEEE mans

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#43 Posted by bartok (3011 posts) -

Pokeymanz

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#44 Posted by Surkov (1019 posts) -

Pock-et Mon-sters 

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#45 Posted by WickedCestus (3781 posts) -

ポケットモンスタ!

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#46 Posted by lord_canti (1676 posts) -

i pronounce it pocket monsters good sir

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#47 Posted by JJWeatherman (14906 posts) -
@Wes said:
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Poke Ayyy Mon 
Poke Ayyy Mon 
"
That made me laugh way more than it probably should have.  :)
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#48 Posted by DeathByWaffle (779 posts) -

Po-keh-mon

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#49 Posted by Mikular (169 posts) -

Pokey mon, but I'd realistically just say poke-uh-mon.

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#50 Posted by inkerman (1493 posts) -
@Icemael:  Again, not true, think about Zebra and arse. American's pronounce them 'wrong', as 'Zeebra' and ass. It's the tomay-to/tomah-to effect. Different regions pronouce things differently. If I was an American and pronounced Zebra 'correctly', I would be wrong in America, but right in the UK. The pronunciation of 'Pokemon' is ambiguous, hence the OP's question. The way the Japanese pronounce Pokemon is not necessarily the correct way it's pronounced everywhere, particularly given they speak a different language.

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