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February Actually

So it's February. Yes, it's Feb-yoo-ary at last. The word must be heard everywhere in the world now. For me, it's not Feb-yoo-ary, but Feb-roo-ary. Yeah, it still is. I'm stubborn about this point, kinda. Pronouncing it as Feb-yoo-ary is, for me, like saying "carry-okie" for "karaoke." That shouldn't be. Giving an inch, "car-rah-OK" would be barely bearable. Don't get me wrong, folks - I'm not criticizing or making fun of the pronunciation. Once taken in the English language, it's natural to be pronounced in the English way. Nothing wrong. As a native Japanese speaker, however, I find it funny for me to pronounce it as "carry-okie." For the same reason, I don't hate the way you pronounce February. Unlike Japanese, English is a language whose words are not always pronounced as they are spelled. So if you say Feb-yoo-ary, it's definitely Feb-yoo-ary, while I personally prefer to make much of the "r" myself.

Between you and me, I sometimes feel like saying Feb-yoo-ary, and actually pronounce that way in class every once in a long while, wondering if my students would be aware of it. And when I feel it's a bother to pronounce it correctly, I say like "Feb-hmm-ary." Come to think of it, the spelling of February looks a bit tricky. It would be a great relief for me if its spelling were, say, "Febuary" or "Febrary." Oh, and for many Japanese learners of English, making the "f" sound correctly is kind of hard because there is no such sound in Japanese. That's why, you know, the Japanese are not good at uttering "F-words" in English. ...Ah, excuse me for the lame joke. I regret it. So, wouldn't it be a good idea to change the spelling to "Hebruary" or "Hebuary" or "Hebrary" to relieve those fellows and promote better friendship? Wait...that's not a good idea, because the sound "he" (as in "head") can mean "fart" in Japanese. What's worse, "b-yoo" is the sound of wind. "Hebuary" sounds uncool. Besides, "Hebruary" could sound like "fart-brewery." Oh, my.

Well, sorry for all the bullshit. I must be tired.

Comments

Wow... You can't say F-words, but you can say bullshit. Love it! :-)

Great post Kiyo.

So how DO you pronounce "karaoke"?

How do you pronounce "pokemon"? People here say "pokie mon", but I thought it was supposed to be pronounced "pokay mon." I have no clue about this things since I don't play pokemon, however my mom got me the ruby version for gameboy one time.

Hey, bcj. :) Well, it's hard to explain. Generally, Japanese words are pronounced without stress. So the image is, say "kah-rah-oh-keh" flatly and like leaving out the sound of "h" part each.

Jessica, your guess is very close. The "kay" part is like "ke" in "kettle."

Rae, haha, thanks. :)

Sadly can't actually find actual pronunciations of two specific words
Intro: I'm E.V. But it's just Emi...
it's weird how people pronounce pokemon..
weirdly. i always thought it was "pokie mon" or "poke- uh-mon"
Karaoke: maybe ka-re-oh - ke ???
But don't mind the rest of that crap...

Damn...
Kiyo, am I right?
You're awesome!!!

Sadly can't actually find actual pronunciations of two specific words
Intro: I'm E.V. But it's just Emi...
it's weird how people pronounce pokemon..
weirdly. i always thought it was "pokie mon" or "poke- uh-mon"
Karaoke: maybe ka-re-oh - ke ???
But don't mind the rest of that crap...

Damn...
Kiyo, am I right?
You're awesome!!!

Intro: I'm E.V. But it's just EMI.

Pokemon: maybe it's pokie-mon or poke-uh-mon.

Karaoke: I've always pronounced it carry-oke.

Damn.
For.. Kiyo
You're like, awesome!
~emi~

Really nice posts. I will be checking back here regularly.