How do you pronounce "Mamiya"?

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  1. cherryhill

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    I have heard it pronounced at least three ways:

    1) Muh-MY-uh (rhymes with Papaya)

    2) Muh-ME-uh (like the Italian phrase "Momma-miya!" without the middle "ma"

    3) MAH-mmy-Uh (like Mammy-uh, with the accent on the first syllable)

    I recently got an RB-67, and when I'm out shooting with it, I sometimes get asked what kind of camera it is. I'd like to know how to say it right. I have started just calling it an RB67. :confused:
     
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    I guess, you could pronounce it like the Japanese do: mah-MEE-yah
    (with an added intonation)
     
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    #1... that's the way I have always heard it pronounced.

    gene
     
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    Thanks arigram! I'm amazed at how fast questions get answers on these forums. :smile:
     
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    Uh oh, we have controversy now... one vote for #1, one for #2. I've been saying it as #1 too.
     
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    #2 is the one I am most familiar with, and use.

    Barry
     
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    mah mee yah, no accented syllable.
     
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    Correct oh learned one!
     
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    #2 in ways similar to the Japanese pronunciation of Nikon (NEE-kon)

    aparat
     
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    I called the company once...and the woman answered mah mee yah. I called for that very reason...
     
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    Keith, is the sound of the first syllable like choice #1 or #3? In other words, does Mah rhyme with Blah or are the first two syllables like "mammy" in #3?
     
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    Sorry if I'm being annoying, I'm not trying to be. It's hard to know for sure how to pronounce that first syllable with the phonetic spelling.
     
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    Ahhhhhh! Smart! :D
     
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    The big surprise to westerners learning Japanese is the general lack of accented syllables. This is what makes Japanese, as spoken by a beginning Westerner, unintelligible to many Japanese. It's a bit like hearing an Indian deliver a word like "development" as DEVelopment. First time you hear it, you may not understand it at all.

    Here's a tip: think about all the western ways you might accent it, e.g. MAmiya, maMIya, and mamiYA.... and know that it is neither of these. It is ma-mi-ya. You have to deaccent it :wink:
     
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    Personally I pronounce it "one great camera" errrrrr in my case 4 great cameras!!!!!!

    Mah-me-ya just like they answer the phone at Mamiya America!!
     
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    If you really are interested click here for a short but annoying course in Japanese pronunciation.

    Terry
     
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    Helpful, thank you. I've got it now. So, the answer is closest to #2. Just say #2 without any accented syllable, and that will do it.

    Reading this thread.... I can't help but think it would be a great American advertising campaign if they were to do any. "How do you pronounce" (up comes the Mamiya logo) A bunch of Americans saying it half a dozen ways. Then along comes the last line "I just pronounce it one great camera." (23mjm could make a fortune on that line).

    Anyway, thanks to everyone for the responses, and to Keith for the extra lesson on Japanese. :smile:
     
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    #2

    I got around the problem by trading it in to buy a Hasselblad [an 'asselblad?]

    Steve
     
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    While in Japan the photo shops pronounced it: Mah-me-ya, just like the lady said.

    Remember the earthquake? Kobe or Ko baaaaaa as it was soon to be called. So much for Kobeeee Beef, it's now Ko baaaaa Beef.:surprised:
     
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    While in Japan the photo shops pronounced Polaroid...uh...Fhuji.
     
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    Mah-me-yaa, for me. But I've heard it pronounced the same as #1 too. Just personal preference, they still make a camera that you could break a russian tank with.
     
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    A HHasszzelblaad, strong "h", sharp "s", dark "a"s, last "a" is longer than the first. :smile: The name means hazel leaf, btw. Nice name.

    Antje
     
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    never really thought about it, but say ma as in 'mam' (or bam, or wham) meee as in 'meee' then yah - as in the upper class English way of saying 'yes'. (close to yar or ...yargh...if you manage to throttle them first). Ma- meee- yah (yargh....). :smile: but I'm sure there are many ways to skin a rabbit....
     
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    mah mi (EEE for those ignorant of non-english vowel sounds) yah is the Japanese-correct way. Just like ni (EE)-kon is the correct way for pronouncing Nikon. However, in the US, Canada, and I'd assume the UK, there is always the tendancy to turn i (EE) into ai (A-EE), so as long as you don't accent or accent the second syllable, you won't make a fool of yourself.
     
  26. Michel Hardy-Vallée

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    When I articulate properly, it gives this:
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    But sometimes I may slip, and introduce a colloquial Québec accent, and produce this instead:
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