Part of speaking English really well is knowing how to say names and brand names in English so that English speakers understand you. That’s why in today’s video I’m going to show you how to pronounce 50 brand names in English.
Please note that many of these brands have names which come from different languages such as German, Italian and French. I don’t speak any of these languages so in this video, I am not teaching you German, Italian, French or any other language. In this video, I am teaching you the English pronunciation for these brand names.
Also, if you use sounds and accents from other languages to pronounce these brand names in English, English speakers may not understand you because they don’t use these sounds and these accents. That’s why in today’s video I am teaching you the English pronunciation for these brand names so that English speakers understand you easily. So if you’re ready to improve your pronunciation, let’s get started.
Number one. Ikea. Ikea. I did some research on this brand and the correct pronunciation is actually ‘eekayuh’. Eekayuh. But if you say ‘eekayuh’, most native English speakers won’t understand you. 99% of English speakers pronounce this brand as ‘Ikea’. Ikea. So if you want to be understood, by English speakers, pronounce this brand as ‘Ikea’.
Number two. Adidas. Adidas. Many native English speakers incorrectly pronounce this brand as ‘Adidas’. Adidas. This is incorrect but if you say this, native English speakers will understand you. But the correct pronunciation is ‘Adidas’.
Number three. Nike. Nike.
Number four. BMW. BMW. I did some research on this brand and in German, it’s pronounced as ‘BMV’ but the English pronunciation is ‘BMW’.
Number five. Volkswagen. Volkswagen. Many people incorrectly pronounce this as ‘Volkswagen’. But the correct pronunciation is ‘Volkswagen’.
Number six. Porsche. Porsche.
Number seven. Mercedes. Mercedes.
Number eight. Mazda. Mazda.
Number nine. Hyundai. Hyundai.
Number ten. The correct pronunciation for this one is ‘Gucci’. Gucci. Many native English speakers say ‘Gucci’. Gucci. But the correct pronunciation is actually ‘Gucci’.
Number eleven. Louis Vuitton. Louis Vuitton. We don’t say ‘Lewis’ or ‘Lewie’. It’s just ‘Louis Vuitton’.
Number twelve. Most people just pronounce this brand as ‘Hermes’. Hermes. But after I did research on this one, I found that the correct pronunciation is actually ‘Ermes’. Ermes. But if you said ‘Ermes’ to me, I would not understand what that is or which brand that was. So if you want to be understood, I would recommend that you say ‘Hermes’. Hermes.
Number thirteen. Zara. Zara.
Number fourteen. H&M. H&M. But depending upon your accent, you may also say ‘H&M’. H&M.
Number fifteen. Chanel. Chanel.
Number sixteen. Uniqlo. Uniqlo. I did some research on this one and the correct pronunciation is actually something like ‘Uni ka loh’. But if you say ‘Uni ka loh’ to an English speaker, he won’t understand you. So I recommend that you pronounce this one as ‘Uniqlo’.
Number seventeen. Swarovski. Swarovski. Swarovski.
Number eighteen. Ralph Lauren. Ralph Lauren.
Number nineteen. Dolce And Gabbana. Dolce And Gabbana.
Number twenty. Armani. Armani.
Number twenty-one. L’Oreal. L’Oreal.
Number twenty-two. Dior. Dior.
Number twenty-three. Burberry. Burberry.
Number twenty-four. Samsung. Samsung.
Number twenty-five. Adobe. Adobe.
Number twenty-six. Huawei. Huawei.
Number twenty-seven. Asics. Asics. I did some research on this one and it should be pronounced as ‘Aysicks’. Aysicks. But I have never heard any native English speaker say ‘Aysicks’. So I recommend that you say ‘Asics’ if you want to be understood by English speakers.
Number twenty-eight. Ferrari. Ferrari. Ferrari.
Number twenty-nine. Mitsubishi. Mitsubishi.
Number thirty. Nissan. Nissan. In some accents, particularly American accents, they pronounce Nissan as ‘Neesan’. Neesan.
Number thirty-one. Kia. Kia.
Number thirty-two. Toyota. Toyota.
Number thirty-three. Rolex. Rolex.
Number thirty-four. Converse. Converse.
Number thirty-five. Cisco. Cisco.
Number thirty-six. Budweiser. Budweiser.
Number thirty-seven. Nescafe. Nescafe.
Number thirty-eight. Allianz. Allianz.
Number thirty-nine. Gillette. Gillette.
Number forty. Philips. Philips.
Number forty-one. Siemens. Siemens.
Number forty-two. Nestle. Nestle.
Number forty-three. McDonald’s. McDonald’s.
Number forty-four. Disney. Disney.
Number forty-five. Netflix. Netflix.
Number forty-six. Amazon. Amazon.
Number forty-seven. KFC. KFC.
Number forty-eight. Microsoft. Microsoft.
Number forty-nine. Subway. Subway.
Number fifty. Fedex. Fedex.
As you can see, I have used English sounds to pronounce these brand names so that English speakers understand you. The way I have pronounced these brand names may be different to the way that they are pronounced in their language but if you pronounce these brand names the way I have taught you today, native English speakers will understand you easily.