Thursday, May 4, 2017

PSA: How to Pronounce "Fudenosuke"

psa how to pronounce fudenosuke

This is the first "real" PSA post (other than the introduction), and today, I'll be talking about how to pronounce "fudenosuke", as in the Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens. The word itself is Japanese, and it roughly means "Mr. Brush" in English.

According to slightly Anglicized Japanese pronunciation rules, it should be pronounced "foo-day-no-SOO-kay". Here is each syllable broken down:
  1. "Foo" as "food"
  2. "Day" as in "daylight"
  3. "No" as in the word that's the opposite of "yes"
  4. "SOO" as in "Susan" or "suit" (this is the stressed syllable)
  5. "Kay" as in "okay"
However, I found this YouTube video from Tombow USA. In the video, it's pronounced kind of like "foo-dough-NO-ski". Unfortunately, I completely disagree with this pronunciation. Since the word itself is Japanese, and Tombow is based out of Japan, "fudenosuke" should adhere to the original Japanese pronunciation as closely as possible.

Thus, I have to say that "foo-day-no-SOO-kay" is the proper way to pronounce this word.

What other words in the stationery community do you want to know how to pronounce? Let me know in a comment!

5 comments:

  1. Thank you, that's really well explained. Very helpful. Next, Leuchtturm please.

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    1. Thanks! I'm going to do Leuchtturm soon, too.

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    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-edGIS5KWhE

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  2. Thank you for this article! I'd like to know how the Kuretake pronounced. Also Japanise company, they sell very good brushes and pens.

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    1. No problem! And good idea, I've added Kuretake to my list

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