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How do you pronounce Anime?
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anime like animation not ahnime thats just weird.
Well it depends on who i am talking to really
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Posted 9/25/12 , edited 9/25/12
My Japanese friend says "ahn ee meyh". He says animation like "ahn ee meyh shun".


I say "ANN ih may". Because somehow I feel if I pronounce it the Japanese way, I'll sound weeaboo.
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TBH, it doesn't really matter how you pronounce it. For most of my life I pronounced it the colloquial way that most people are posting here. Then I heard it prounounced in Japanese and figured that's the correct pronunciation considering they originated the word.

But in the end both ways are fine because people will understand what you are trying to say. However, to those who say that pronouncing it the Japanese way is "weird" or "weeaboo", think about this:

Would you pronounce "bon appetit" as "bone ah peh teet" or "bahn app titt"?
Posted 9/25/12
Ana-may

although I have heard people pronounce it Ah-ni-may (like the Japanese pronunciation) I feel more comfortable saying it my way.
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Posted 9/25/12 , edited 9/25/12
I've said it the weirdest way... Though I've since corrected myself, lol.

Ah Naim

I'm sure that would bother a lot of you, since it is different from anima/anime etc. =P
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Posted 9/25/12
Animation minus the tion.

I pronounce manga the "correct way", instead of maynga, though.
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Posted 9/25/12
I'm guessing this question will never be answered to everyone's satisfaction (just like the one on whether anime = cartoons or not). My $0.02 in a nutshell:

"Animation": the English word broadly referring to all sorts of animated works, or the process of producing them.

"Anime" in Japanese (I'm at work and can't type the kana): pronounced ah-nee-may, and borrowed probably from English. Seems to refer at least to Japanese 2D anime, which like anything culturally conditioned, has particular traits that set it apart from 2D animation from other countries (e.g. the big saucer eyes and other things we all love so much).

"Anime" in English: Borrowed back again from Japanese, and refers to Japanese 2D animation with its above-mentioned particulars. In American English, the short "a" sound is typically pronounced as in "cat" or bat" or the first "a" in "animation," and so generally pronounced a-ni-may, or Annie-may as others have put it. However, I hear that the European short "a" sound is more like "ah" (long "a" is like "ay" or "ai," similar to American English)-- or at least it is in French. Any English speakers who aren't from America care to chime in?
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Posted 9/25/12

arc11 wrote:

I've always pronounced it like "animation", without the "tion".
However, I honestly don't think it matters how you pronounce it. It doesn't bother me if people pronounce it differently, and I don't think anyone else should be bothered by it.


LOL yeah but people like to get upset about the stupidest things... glad to hear your not one of them. At least not with this particular issue.

Kudos to the guy who said animation with out the "tion" thats how I say it too.
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Posted 9/25/12
an-a-may I guess lol
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Posted 9/25/12
like animation without the tion
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Annie MAY !!!!!
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ah - ni - mey

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Posted 9/25/12 , edited 9/25/12
It's definitely ah-ni-meh, the Japanese spelling is アニメ according to wikipedia (see link below), which is Katakana. That's an a (sounds like ah kana ア), ni (sounds like ni kana ニ), me (sounds like meh kana メ).

If this is unclear, go to google translate, copy+paste the following japanese characters, " アニメ ". Then switch the origin language to Japanese and click the loudspeaker to hear it for yourself.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anime

I hope this ends the discussion :P.
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Posted 9/25/12
Annie may...

I don't really gripe about such things really. Especially when American English and British English have differences.

Just say it how you want without butchering it too much.
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