Do you ever get irritated at names that you can’t pronounce? Cause I actually get super fed up when I like call myself a “Bilingual” emcee and have failtothemax conversations with my friends like this..
J: Eh, your skin looks better recently?
S: Is it?? Oh, must be a new foundation Im using. Coverage good bah.
J: Wa, what brand you using?
S: That…. That… Korean Brand la..
J: Walao, which one so many…
S: That… La-nique, La-nage, Le-ni-que, La-nich.. WHATEVER.
S: -feeling very pissed-
-Please say you feel me-
K: Eh, we still need to get birthday cake!
S: Oh, where you wanna get from?
K: Eh recently got one damn famous one!
S: Which one?
K: The pretty pretty one?
S: Walao, a lot of bakeries now cakes very pretty….
K: The everywhere also have, bright bright one.
S: -roll eyes-
K: The Jap one la.
S: CAN YOU JUST SAY THE NAME.
K: The one that starts with C.
– Please say you feel my pain-
We shall just talk about brand names today…
Yes, nowadays, we see a lot of shops and brands with super Atas name ya! French names especially, since they make everything feel super high-end. Anyway, the actual reason why Im writing this post is cause I super love buying cakes from the C shop recently though I feel freaking fat and its seriously not helping that the “C” cake shop is like everywhere now and I always wander in and out of the shop, pass by the shop, and wonder like, HOW THE HECK do you pronounce Châteraisé. How how how? Its very frustrating when I can’t even tell my dad/mum/maid/ahma or even friends to buy from that shop cause they’ll never get it (unless we just come to a conclusion to call it the “C-cake shop”. Ah shit, that made me think of C-section or something. EEWWW. Sorry, back to point.).. You see, at least Breadtalk becomes “Bad-tok”, Bengawan becomes “Barn-gar-wan”, Paris Baguette becomes “Ba-lis Ba-guat”, Prima Deli becomes ” Bi-ma Deh-Li”.. How do you even pronounce Châteraisé to Ah-mas?!?!?!?!!?! Faints. I can’t even start somewhere.
Anyway, I’ve decided to do US a favour to google for the right pronunciation. So, to all you fellow Châteraisé fans, its pronounced like this:
Come say it.. 1,2,3…. ” SHARE-TOH-RAI-ZEEE”
Ah Ma -fades in- : 什么？什么血头来si4/xi4 (死 in hokkien)？
Anyway, let me intro SGAuntyLian and AuntyXiaohua to you! They’ll be going through the list of mis-pronounced words with you below k! Go through the words and see if you’ve been getting it right.
Laneige is pronounced as….
L’Occitane is pronounced as…
Givenchy is pronounced as…
Hermes is pronounced as…
Longchamp is pronounced as…
-SGAuntyLian-: Long- Shamp?
Louis Vuitton is pronounced as…
-SGAuntyLian-: Lu-is Ver-ton?
Correct: Lu-yi Vwee-ton.
Sephora is pronounced as…
Ikea is pronounced as…
Correct: I-ki-ear or Yi-ki-ear.
Paris Baguette is pronounced as…
-SGAuntyLian-: Ba-lis Ba-guat?
Correct: Pear-ris Bar-get
Bengawan Solo is pronounced as…
-SGAuntyLian-: Barn-gar-wan? Bend-ga-wan?
-AuntyXiaoHua-: 笨鸡啊湾 瘦咯！
Correct: Burn-na-wan So-lo
HAHA. Just for laughs k. I lub AuntyXiaoHua.
Im sure there are many other brand names that we’re all saying it wrong.. But its okay la, I don’t really think it matters since we’re all Singaporeans and we’re all doing it like that. YAY TEAM. I just cannot when I really haven a clue on how to pronounce “Chateraise” to my 小姑大姑阿嬷阿公爷爷奶奶舅舅舅妈?!?!?! Oh one more thing before I end the post. I CANT STAND IT TOO WHEN PEOPLE pronounce Gong Cha as 憨茶… I feel sad, like why its supposed to be a 贡茶 －贡献的贡，敬贡给皇帝的贡，and to only end up being 憨茶, which really stands for fools.. So people, PLEASE, its Gong4 第四声k！
Oh right, I forgot, not that it matters anymore since 贡茶 is GONE GONE GONE. 😦 Im sad. Plum Green Tea, Alisan Tea and more.. I’ll miss you. RIP. Li-Ho, I Bo-Ho… :((((