Tokyo - Two syllables or three?

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#1 Stupid-Bastard
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This is something that has bothered me for a long time. How is Tokyo technically supposed to be pronounced? Is it two syllables or three? It could be either. Which way do you pronounce it?
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#2 Ricky_O
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I pronounce it with three syllables.
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#3 metallica_fan42
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I've always pronounced it with three syllables. To be honest, I'm not sure if I have heard anyone pronounce it with only two.
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#4 joetira
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I pernounce it with 2
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#5 Stupid-Bastard
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I forgot to mention I generally pronounce it with two syllables, although it's hard to even differentiate between the two out loud.
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#6 TheTerribleFish
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3. More like To-ki-oh.
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#7 cjek
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3.. I've never heard it with 2
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#8 K4ss3r
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Three for me.
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#9 MarioFanatic
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i pronounce it with 3 syllables
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#10 kornholio360
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Toh-Kee-Yo.
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#11 EvanSkanes
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3.. I've never heard it with 2cjek
Same.
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#12 bluezy
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I pronounce it like tokey-o, or something like that.
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#13 Taxpaying_Acorn
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isn't the two syllable form, tok - yo?
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#14 Bourbons3
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I try and say it with 2, but unless i pause it always comes out as 3 :cry:
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#15 bloody1f4knight
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Isn't it 3 syllables? I'm really confused now :|
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#16 Def_Jef88
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3

Toe-Key-Oh
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#17 Def_Jef88
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http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/tokyo

pwnt
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#18 luke1889
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I pronounce it Toke-yo. So two syllables.
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#19 gameeer1
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I'm pretty sure it's three.
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#20 blooddemon666
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in japanese its 3 sylables to-o-kyo. well more like 2 with emphasis on the first "o"
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#21 Squidney
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the correct way is "to-kyo".

it sounds like "to-key-oh" because KYO is the second sound you are supposed to pronounce & it sounds like  "key-oh". but you kinda roll them together.

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#22 Int7nse
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It is pronounced with three syllables.
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#23 ConManWithGun
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Toke-OHHHHHHHHH, kinda like Yugi-OHHHHHHHHH
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#24 Def_Jef88
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the correct way is "to-kyo".

it sounds like "to-key-oh" because KYO is the second sound you are supposed to pronounce & it sounds like "key-oh". but you kinda roll them together.

Squidney

the dictionary disagrees with you

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#25 Squidney
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It is pronounced with three syllables. Int7nse

no..its not.

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#26 foxhound_fox
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It is 2...

Toh-kyoh

Both "o's" are long vowels.
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#27 Squidney
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[QUOTE="Squidney"]

the correct way is "to-kyo".

it sounds like "to-key-oh" because KYO is the second sound you are supposed to pronounce & it sounds like "key-oh". but you kinda roll them together.

Def_Jef88

the dictionary disagrees with you

well is it an american dictionary?

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#28 Def_Jef88
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[QUOTE="Int7nse"]It is pronounced with three syllables. Squidney

no..its not.


yes it is

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/tokyo
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#29 s3lFc0nTr0l
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3 for me, the way it should be
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#30 Squidney
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It is 4...

Kanji:
東京
Hiragana:
とうきょう
Romaji:
to-u-kyo-u
Pronunciation:
toh-kyoh

Both "o's" are long vowels.foxhound_fox
how is that 4? the romanji is first of all the least commonly used way to write japanese. and second of all thats just the way to spell it. if you look at the kanji & the katakana & the pronounciation it 2 syllables.
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#31 mmogoon
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3.
3. More like To-ki-oh.
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Yep thats it. End of thread
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#32 Squidney
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[QUOTE="Squidney"]

[QUOTE="Int7nse"]It is pronounced with three syllables. Def_Jef88

no..its not.


yes it is

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/tokyo

yeah, thats an AMERICAN dictionary.

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#33 moomooplopmoo
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I don't know....but it keeps me up at night.....
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#34 foxhound_fox
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how is that 4? the romanji is first of all the least commonly used way to write japanese. and second of all thats just the way to spell it. if you look at the kanji & the katakana & the pronounciation it 2 syllables.Squidney


I took an intro Japanese language course in university. The professor was Japanese. Long vowels are two syllables.

To-U-kyo-U

The length is double that of a normal "o" thus there are 4 syllables.

It sounds like 2.
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#35 Def_Jef88
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[QUOTE="Def_Jef88"][QUOTE="Squidney"]

[QUOTE="Int7nse"]It is pronounced with three syllables. Squidney

no..its not.


yes it is

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/tokyo

yeah, thats an AMERICAN dictionary.

well, I live in AMERICA so it is right, for me at least.
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#36 Lord_Simus_X
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I say 3.
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#37 Squidney
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[QUOTE="Squidney"]how is that 4? the romanji is first of all the least commonly used way to write japanese. and second of all thats just the way to spell it. if you look at the kanji & the katakana & the pronounciation it 2 syllables.foxhound_fox


I took an intro Japanese language course in university. The professor was Japanese. Long vowels are two syllables.

To-U-kyo-U

The length is double that of a normal "o" thus there are 4 syllables.

It sounds like 2.

 yeah, ive been there more then once & have studied it as well, those long vowels aren't syllables. they are sounds that you somewhat elongate but you dont concider them syllables.

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#38 Draqq_Zyxorian
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Under the pronounication system of American English, Tokyo has three syllables (To-ky-o). In Japanese, Tokyo has two syllables (To - kyo w/ a long o or aw sound on the first syllable). Either way, however, should be understandable.

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#39 TheHimura
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I pronounce it with 5 syllables.
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#40 TheBigTicket21
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3 is the sheezy
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#41 Squidney
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[QUOTE="Squidney"][QUOTE="Def_Jef88"][QUOTE="Squidney"]

[QUOTE="Int7nse"]It is pronounced with three syllables. Def_Jef88

no..its not.


yes it is

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/tokyo

yeah, thats an AMERICAN dictionary.

well, I live in AMERICA so it is right, for me at least.

well then you are just being ignorant.
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#42 -Xcalibur-
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To·ky·o [toh-kee-oh; Japn. taw-kyaw]
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#43 Canuck3000
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Three...Two sounds wrong >_>
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#44 Def_Jef88
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[QUOTE="Def_Jef88"][QUOTE="Squidney"][QUOTE="Def_Jef88"][QUOTE="Squidney"]

[QUOTE="Int7nse"]It is pronounced with three syllables. Squidney

no..its not.


yes it is

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/tokyo

yeah, thats an AMERICAN dictionary.

well, I live in AMERICA so it is right, for me at least.

well then you are just being ignorant.


Uhhh, no.  Last time I checked, every country pornounced things diffrently.

Beig diffrent isnt ignorant, its normal.
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#45 Squidney
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[QUOTE="Squidney"][QUOTE="Def_Jef88"][QUOTE="Squidney"][QUOTE="Def_Jef88"][QUOTE="Squidney"]

[QUOTE="Int7nse"]It is pronounced with three syllables. Def_Jef88

no..its not.


yes it is

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/tokyo

yeah, thats an AMERICAN dictionary.

well, I live in AMERICA so it is right, for me at least.

well then you are just being ignorant.


Uhhh, no.  Last time I checked, every country pornounced things diffrently.

Beig diffrent isnt ignorant, its normal.

thats not being different that ignoring what is right because of what you think, which is ignorance..not knowing.

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#46 foxhound_fox
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yeah, ive been there more then once & have studied it as well, those long vowels aren't syllables. they are sounds that you somewhat elongate but you dont concider them syllables.Squidney


You are right. I looked it up.

It is 2.

Toh-kyoh.

Both "o" sounds being long.
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[QUOTE="Def_Jef88"][QUOTE="Squidney"][QUOTE="Def_Jef88"][QUOTE="Squidney"][QUOTE="Def_Jef88"][QUOTE="Squidney"]

[QUOTE="Int7nse"]It is pronounced with three syllables. Squidney

no..its not.


yes it is

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/tokyo

yeah, thats an AMERICAN dictionary.

well, I live in AMERICA so it is right, for me at least.

well then you are just being ignorant.


Uhhh, no. Last time I checked, every country pornounced things diffrently.

Beig diffrent isnt ignorant, its normal.

thats not being different that ignoring what is right because of what you think, which is ignorance..not knowing.


Thats like saying that mexicans pronounceing America "Ah-may-ree-cah" is wrong. Its not in there country, just like To-key-oh isnt wrong in ours.  every one has diffrent dialects.
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#48 BlackVII
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I believe it is three syllables.
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#49 ice_radon
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I always use 3.
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#50 lugiemojeed
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To·ki·o pronounced with 3 syllables