Re: [76attendees] How to pronounce "Hiroshima"

JINMEI Tatuya / 神明達哉 <jinmei@isc.org> Thu, 05 November 2009 18:47 UTC

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At Thu, 05 Nov 2009 10:15:19 -0800,
"Gregory M. Lebovitz" <gregory.ietf@gmail.com> wrote:

> >I was once in Japan long ago, and one of the few things I remember about
> >Japanese is that the pronunciation of "Hiroshima" is much different than
> >it is in English.  In (Standard American) English, it is pronounced "hi
> >roe SHEE ma", but in Japanese (IIRC) it is closer to "hi ROE shi ma".
> 
> Is it [hi ROE shi ma] or [hee ROW shee ma]?

I guess the former is closer to the authentic pronunciation, but I
believe both should work.

IMO, the most important point is to pronounce each syllable clearly
(liaisons would confuse the listener very much).  How to pronounce
each syllable is relatively minor, especially when you say the word in
an appropriate context (e.g. when specifying your destination at a
train station).

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JINMEI, Tatuya
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