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Post Reply How do you say "manga" outloud?
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Posted 8/15/15 , edited 8/15/15
All japanese vowels are pronounced almost exactly as spanish vowels (be it south american spanish or european spanish), or italian vowels. But the "U" tends to be (depends on the person) more closed, specially if it´s an ending sound...

Also the "Shi" syllable has an almost non pronounced "i" sound when the "shi" is in the middle of a word (not starting the word, nor ending it).

Japanese has long and short vowels and double consonants... And sometimes is a pain.

Transliteration of foreign words is kinda weird, but has its rules too...

Oh yeah, I see some people writes the word "rōmaji" with errors. As: romanji. It has no N.
You can just write "romaji", or "rômaji", and it would be OK...
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In truth I try to say it how I hear it in anime and dramas I watch which to me sounds like "Man Ga" and there are times when I hear the first A said like how people say Nevada all longated and irritating for those that live in the state. I never correct anyones ways of saying manga because I know I could be wrong but sometimes it sounds funny to me hearing it said many ways.
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Posted 8/16/15

MightyMidgit wrote:

It's mahn-gah.

All A's in the Japanese language are pronounced "ah".

If it was supposed to be pronounced main-gah, it would have been spelt Meinga, but it's not.



I read Meinga as Myn-Ga
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Posted 8/16/15
The way it's supposed to be said. It's Japanese, not English.
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I pronounce the word as either "comic" or "comics." A couple reasons why:

1a. In my opinion, the word comics can be used to describe any story told through words and pictures. It should not matter who writes the story, where they live, how it's published, what the story is about, or anything else.
1b. Keep in mind that comics aren't limited to three or four nations. If you want to know more about the world of comics, one place to start is to go to Wikipedia's article "List of comics by country," and then start browsing.
2. The word is known and used in Japan. For instance, the publications Big Comic and Shojo Comic have both been around since 1968.

I admit that I don't know how to properly pronounce quite a few words. My pronunciations of the Chinese term manhua and the Korean term manhwa are likely not correct. Likewise, since I have not studied French, I don't know how to say bandes dessinées out loud.
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Posted 8/16/15

caddyalan wrote:

I pronounce the word as either "comic" or "comics." A couple reasons why:

1a. In my opinion, the word comics can be used to describe any story told through words and pictures. It should not matter who writes the story, where they live, how it's published, what the story is about, or anything else.
1b. Keep in mind that comics aren't limited to three or four nations. If you want to know more about the world of comics, one place to start is to go to Wikipedia's article "List of comics by country," and then start browsing.


This is actually a really good point. I might pick this habit up myself.

As for my pronunciation, romaji in general tends to be pretty close in pronunciation to an anglicized IPA. There's no tricky phonics like you'd expect in English, so once you get the vowels down, it's pretty easy to pronounce anything passably if it's written in romaji, as long as you can read English. "Manga" is pronounced just how you'd expect it to be if you treat it as a phonemic (rather than phonetic) rendering and let your mouth naturally adjust to the word as you speak it.
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Posted 8/16/15
MA-n-GA

Although I have heard some British people pronounce it MAIN-ga. (Any British with some insight on this??? )
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I pronounce it mahng-gah
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i dont pronounce it the right way since is im such a rebel i like calling it Ma (emphasis on the" a") -n-ga sound like Mango just add the "A" i like saying it that way since i think of mangos. and it gives me a happy feeling.lol I would only say the correct way if i was in front of someone that did speak Japanese or if i was in japan to not offend the language . other than that i dont care
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Posted 8/17/15
If I'm serious I'll say "Mahn-gah" but often I'll say "main-guh" as a joke

Honestly I call it "mango" more often than it's actual name. (ironically)
Posted 8/17/15
Usually with a short 'a' sound, or like the 'a' in "caught".
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Posted 8/18/15
mango.
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Posted 8/18/15
I say MANG-uh

not to be confused with MOOONNNG-UH

Manga.
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Posted 8/18/15

sheeeeps wrote:

mango.


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Posted 8/18/15
I say it like ma-n-ga
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