Microsoft Reminds Us How Forza Is Really Pronounced

With Forza Horizon 5 releasing soon, Microsoft reminds fans of the correct way to pronounce "Forza."

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With Forza Horizon 5's release coming up soon, Microsoft has reminded fans of the way that "Forza" is meant to be pronounced.

Xbox engineer Brenna Duffitt reminded people that it should be pronounced "FORT-ZA not FORZZZA." Xbox global games marketing's Kelly Lombardi chimed in as well with a funny meme of Hermione from Harry Potter explaining how Forza is actually pronounced.

Another Xbox marketing boss, Matt Chang, said the pronunciation is easy to remember. It's pronounced like Pizza. "That's what I tell people," Chang said.

Well, there you have it.

Forza Horizon 5, which is set in Mexico on a map that is 1.5 times the size of Forza Horizon 4, launches on November 9 for PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. The game was developed in three years instead of two, and this allowed the team at Playground to include new features and systems that might not have been possible otherwise, while the extra year gave the studio time to make the world twice as large as it might have been. For more, check out GameSpot's preview.

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Will forever be For za to me.

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No, no, that's not right.

It's pronounced 'awe-sum'

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Horitzon!

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Who gives a shiZZ?

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go woke go broke. another way to lecture us sheep. i will call it forza until i just drool over a controller

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@PrpleTrtleBuBum: First of all, it’s, “Get woke, go broke.”

That being said, what the hell does being woke have to do with this?

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@PrpleTrtleBuBum: I hate the mob too but this is excessive. It's just MS having some fun and promoting their game.

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FORD (-D) + TZAR (-R) = FORZA

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Booooooring. For how many generations in a row that we have the same halo/forza/gears spam? Come up with something original, not what you've been milking for 75 years.

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@hardwenzen: OMG, you finally changed your cringe profile pic, but to something even more, cringier LOL. Stap it.

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@hardwenzen: All great franchises, stop being a jelly belly. 🙃

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@hardwenzen: Hardwenzen reminds us how incredibly useless his ps5 is.

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Ha, I've always said it right I guess. Dunno why, perhaps at one point it was announced in one of the games or something. Ryan has says it wrong all the time lol.

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Wish I could upload a voice clip to say how it's pronounced. I'm southern Italian & have enjoyed the Forza games since the very first. The word has a double meaning; depending on what context. In itself, forza means, strength. But it's also used to cheer someone on like for example, just before a race - on foot or motorsport - you can shout, "Forza, forza, vinciamo questo campionato!" Let's win this championship!

Sometimes you can say, "Forza e coraggio!" Strength & courage, if someone's about to go to the dentist, for example. 😁

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@miraggio67: thats pretty interesting thanks for the education.

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@walbo: my pleasure. 😁👍🎮

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@miraggio67: when I went to Florence, I felt like people said “prego” to us a lot. Still not entirely sure what it means. But I knew it wasn’t the spaghetti sauce :)

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@tonyleo01: prego is usually said after you say grazie, which means thank you. Sometimes it's also said if for example, someone offers you a seat, or moves aside to let you pass, or for example, offers you a drink from a tray they're carrying. These are just a few examples. 😁👍🎮

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@miraggio67: and translated literally, it means, I pray.

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Ford-Zza

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I remember this from when Carolyn Petit taught everyone on this site how to pronounce the name right like a decade ago in a vid (Yes I've been coming here for that long...).

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Soooooo.....

Ninja GAYden, or GAÏDEN

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@LVT_PTA_PB:

Marry-o? or Mahr-yo?

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This reminds me how my friends mispronounce Raiden from Metal Gear Solid as RAY-DEN instead of Raï-den as it is spelled identically like MK's Raiden but should be pronounced Ray-den.

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I’ve heard worse

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Fun Friday post. Im gonna rile up some people with... My son and I just use the shorthand "forzza 5" for new version! He never played old non horizons versions, and it just confuses the matter (Me to him: "no, I'm talking about forza HORIZON 5, not the old forza motorsport 5", type of confusion). So "forzzza five" it is! ;-)

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European words are often spelt differently to how they’re pronounced. If rednecks from an isolated swamp are struggling with the word’s pronunciation, they can always just call it “Force”.

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No one is going to call it that. How many years have the Forza games been around? It wasn’t until today that I had ever heard this. Not once have I heard anyone pronounce it any other way than the way they don’t want it pronounced. Fort-za sounds stupid, I’m sorry, Italy, but it does, and it’s not even spelled with two Zs, like Pizza.

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@stickemup: I've only ever heard or said the correct pronunciation. It's absolutely ridiculous that you think you can tell people their language sounds dumb too.

And Fort-za sounds waaaaay better than For-za. Like, not even close.

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@stickemup: I’ve never heard anyone call it the American way. It’s an Italian word. Like Lavazza Coffee. Ever had an 80 dollar expresso in Venice? It’s lovely.

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@vaativids: Yea this guy is talking nonsense, I have also only heard it pronounced the correct Italian way. I also live in NYC, so maybe not so fair to chime in on this one, we usually pronounce foreign words a bit better here than the rest of the country.

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Why is there a picture of Hermyown in the article?

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@vaativids: because of the scene where she says to Ron "it's Le-vi-OH-sa, not Le-vi-o-SAH"

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Change the spelling from Forza to Forzza, and then I'll pronounce it as Fort-za.

Until then it's pronounced Forzzza.

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@neurogia: you don't get to dictate other languages or their spelling.

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@tanzel: I'm not dictating anything, but am going along with the proper rules of grammar and spelling for English.

Plenty of words with one "z" do not place an invisible "t" infront of it.

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@neurogia: This is not English though. You can pronounce it Beetlebum for all I care, but the correct pronunciation is Fortza.

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@neurogia: You're wrong but I'm adopting your stance just to piss off the "you don't get to" parrots.

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@neurogia: It's not an English word. Don't apply English rules to an Italian word. That's not your call.

The Italian pronunciation sounds way better anyway.

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@neurogia: Why should an italian word be changed to fit the english/american spelling?

Why just not accept how its spelled originally? And since its an foreign term,it doesnt fall into english grammar.

Other way around,it would pretty odd if english/american terms were changed to fit other countries spelling rules or habits.

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@tanzel: He just did.

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@clockworkengine: ok? And he shouldn't have. Good job.

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@tanzel: That's cool, but you said "you don't get to" but he did. See, you were wrong lol. He got to. In fact, I'm italian and I'm gonna start purposefully mispronouncing it just to make you further wrong. Thus do I deal dole to those who say "you don't get to" lol.

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@clockworkengine: you're a very petty little person huh?

Obviously, "you don't get to" means I'm telling him he's wrong. Which he is, without question, wrong.

I am sorry that you are so insecure that you need to literally act like a toddler to feel better about yourself.

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@tanzel: Lol, I'm just messing around. Don't get so personal. No one cares lol

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Just listen to an italian screaming "Forrrza Italiaaaa",then you get it 😁

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@sladakrobot: as soon as it isn’t a cazzo screaming

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@phili878: yeah,no need for that 😆

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@phili878: 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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