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how to pronouce Otsuka ai's name!?

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shaky
Posted: Dec 21, 2007 5:00 am Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 02 Nov 2007 Posts: 3
would i sound it out like so...

Oat (like oatmeal) Oat-soo ka eye..? but real fast. or is the "ka - eye" at the end formed into one word? Oatsookai


lol if this makes any sense
 
cnix
Posted: Dec 21, 2007 5:36 am Reply with quote
金魚花火 金魚花火
Joined: 29 Oct 2006 Posts: 189
its o (oh)- tsu (like tsu-nami)- ka- ai (eye)

the o is not connected to the t in tsu
 
Aaron Tham
Posted: Dec 21, 2007 12:15 pm Reply with quote
さくらんぼ さくらんぼ
Joined: 27 Aug 2007 Posts: 33
oh thanks for the info...i have thought it was pronounced as Oht-tsu-ka Ai....i guess quite many people make that mistake too Confused
 
Energist
Posted: Dec 21, 2007 12:39 pm Reply with quote
Happy Days Happy Days
Joined: 18 Sep 2005 Posts: 105 Location: Michigan
cnix wrote:
its o (oh)- tsu (like tsu-nami)- ka- ai (eye)

the o is not connected to the t in tsu


you wouldn't normally say the tsu part as tsu unless you were speaking really slow or trying to tell someone how to spell it, it be said more like oat-ska the u tends to get said mostly unnoticably or not at all~
 
starla zero
Posted: Dec 21, 2007 2:30 pm Reply with quote
さくらんぼ さくらんぼ
Joined: 30 Apr 2007 Posts: 43
I know the proper pronunciation is like OH-tsuka Ai, but unless I'm speaking Japanese for some reason, I pronounce Ot-su-ka Ai.
 
cnix
Posted: Dec 21, 2007 4:40 pm Reply with quote
金魚花火 金魚花火
Joined: 29 Oct 2006 Posts: 189
I guess either way works.

I was in Japan last year, and I asked some store lady if they had OT-su-ka ai and she was confused, but when i corrected myself to o-tsu-ka ai she understood lol.
 
Rodri
Posted: Dec 21, 2007 7:26 pm Reply with quote
クラゲ, 流れ星 クラゲ, 流れ星
Joined: 14 Mar 2007 Posts: 13565 Location: Tokyo
I've heard some japanese people pronouncing the "tsu" without "u"....so it would sound like otska ai...pronouncing the "u" fast.
 
sljinu
Posted: Dec 22, 2007 12:28 am Reply with quote
ユメクイ ユメクイ
Joined: 02 Aug 2007 Posts: 1203
^ Yeah, that's fluent Japanese hahaha...another example would be like "xxxxxxが" whree the が is pronounced more like 'nga' rather than 'ga'. It's much more flowing and I guess lazy too Laughing
 
jibi_ai
Posted: Dec 22, 2007 8:50 am Reply with quote
さくらんぼ さくらんぼ
Joined: 20 Jul 2007 Posts: 41 Location: Bkk, Thailand
o-ot-tsu-ka -ai

I can't explain what exactly you should pronouce
I suggest you to watch TV-performance of Ai-chin, you can listen what they say.
In fact, not all the Japaneses pronouce the same, you don't have to care about this too much

Just say it with your heart ^^ [ha ha ha]
 
parasol
Posted: Dec 23, 2007 8:48 pm Reply with quote
Happy Days Happy Days
Joined: 31 May 2007 Posts: 130
When typing her name in japanese on my computer, I have to use two o's to get that first character (two o's is usually used for that kanji as opposed to 'ou' for some reason, like in 'ookii'), so I should probably draw out the "o" in Otsuka a little more, but I usually just say "Oh-tsu-ka" in conversation. Sometimes I don't even give the 'u' sound. I hear that done a lot...

.."Oh-ts-ka"...
 
ChocolateMesher
Posted: Dec 24, 2007 1:41 am Reply with quote
金魚花火 金魚花火
Joined: 31 Dec 2006 Posts: 141 Location: Makakilo, HI
Japanese pronounciation is pretty straight forward.

Oh tsoo kah eye


except when theres a character with "u" in the middle of a word or a name (for example otsuka or itsuka,) it's somewhat silent. So its as if its not there, so it would almost sound like otska.
 
Stormchild
Posted: Dec 27, 2007 2:54 pm Reply with quote
大好きだよ。 大好きだよ。
Joined: 20 Jul 2005 Posts: 271 Location: Vancouver, Canada
Energist wrote:
oat-ska


^ This is correct.
 
sljinu
Posted: Dec 27, 2007 6:04 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 02 Aug 2007 Posts: 1203
^ That's a rather westernized pronunciation...there's no "oa" sound in Japanese. The "oh" sound is carried out. A bit hard to describe, easy to say though
 
Rodri
Posted: Dec 27, 2007 8:20 pm Reply with quote
クラゲ, 流れ星 クラゲ, 流れ星
Joined: 14 Mar 2007 Posts: 13565 Location: Tokyo
I am happy to have spanish as my primary language..cuz japanese has the same pronunciation and I don't have problem pronouncing Otsuka Ai... Laughing

the O in Otsuka sounds as thee "o" in more
 
tsumetai.ame
Posted: Dec 28, 2007 1:52 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 07 Apr 2006 Posts: 706
sljinu wrote:
^ That's a rather westernized pronunciation...there's no "oa" sound in Japanese. The "oh" sound is carried out. A bit hard to describe, easy to say though


No, I think as in oat is used as a example to show the prolonged o.
Also tsu is one syllable. You can say the u or not. It more or less is like speaking style. Personally I silent it because it is faster and sounds better in my opinion. It is like す like です or ます. Even though it is conventional to silence the u, you can still say it for style.
 
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