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10 Tech Brand Names You’re (probably) Pronouncing Wrong ?‍♀️ ?‍♂️


Hey, it's Hadar and this is the Accent's Way and today we are going to talk about how to pronounce the names of 10 of the largest tech companies in the world The reason why you want to learn how to pronounce those names properly is because you just want to be clear and not to have to repeat yourself when speaking to native speakers because if they don't hear it the way they're used to hearing it, then they may not understand you

And you want to be in a place of power where you know that you pronounce things clearly depending on who you are speaking with Let's get started Apple We begin with the a as in cat Drop your jaw, pull your lips to the sides and push your tongue forward so it doesn't sound like uh, upple, but ah, ah

Also make sure that you open your mouth so it doesn't sound like eh, epple It's right there in-between Ah, ah The second syllable is pl A P sound, a reduced vowel, and the dark L

For the dark L you really don't have to bring the tip of the tongue to touch the roof of the mouth You can just pull it in and create that weird sound in the back Pl Pl If that's hard for you, think as if you're adding an o sound, a neutral o sound between the P and the L

A-pol Pol Apple Amazon The first syllable is the a as in cat

A as in apple, and you already know how to pronounce that Ah That's the primary stress so it's going to be longer, louder and higher in pitch than the rest of the syllables The next syllable is muh, muh So, close your lips and then release it to a very neutral vowel sound, uh, the schwa

Muh, muh, muh A-muh A-muh So, these two vowels are not pronounced the same way A-muh, right? Even though they are both spelled with an A, one is the a as in cat, and the other one is a reduced vowel

A-muh The last syllable is zaan It's a Z sound and then the O is actually a back open aa sound Aa, as in office and job Zaa

You close it with an N, bring the tip of the tongue up and make sure your lips are apart Zaan Zaan Amazon Not Ama-zon

Then we have Alphabet, which is the parent company of Google So let's talk about how to pronounce both of them Alphabet Guess what, we begin with the ah as in cat here as well Ah

But then we move on to the dark L Al Remember you don't have to lift the tip of the tongue up to touch the roof of the mouth, you can just create a lot of tension in the back of your mouth Al Al

And then fuh, fuh An F sound and a schwa Al-fuh, fuh, all right? It's not fah Don't open your mouth too much, it's not al-fah, but al-fuh, and then end it with bet Bet

A B sound, the eh as in red, and a T that is usually a held T so you don't really release it, you just stop your voice abruptly Al-fuh-bet However, if you do choose to pronounce the T at the end, al-fuh-bet, it's totally fine Then of course we have Google You start with a g sound, then it's the oo as in food

The oo sound is a long, beautiful, kind of like transitional sound Why transitional? 'Cause you hear the sound forming up as you pronounce it Think as if you're starting from a neutral position until you pronounce an oo sound at the end u You actually hear the back of the tongue coming up, u, and the lips going forward for the u sound You can also think of it as if you're adding a W at the end

Guw-gl Make sure it's a long vowel and you don't pronounce it like google, google, but double it up Goo, goo The next syllable is gl Gl

A g sound, a schwa and the dark L which actually takes over the schwa Gl Just like with apple, google is pronounced the same Imagine like you have an o sound right there in the middle between the g and the dark L Gol

Google Google it and see that I'm right Microsoft Again, three syllables The first syllable is mai

Mai as in my company Mai Then the next syllable is kruh Kruh Connect that k sound and the R, kr, round your lips and pull the tongue in so it doesn't touch anything

So it's not kruh, kruh Kuruh And then you release it to a neutral vowel, the schwa Kruh, kruh Mai-kruh

And then soft An s sound, the aa as in father, and then ft at the end Microsoft Soft Wait, wait, just a sec

I just want to point out something before we continue Notice how whenever we have names that have three syllables and the first syllable has a pure vowel in it, the middle syllable is usually reduced to a schwa Amazon Alphabet Microsoft

Right? So, I want you to pay attention to it as you're listening to words with three syllables, especially when the first syllable has a pure vowel in it Just something to pay attention to to develop your awareness Okay, let's continue 'cause we still have a few to go through and I know you are busy Samsung Technologies Samsung

You begin with an s sound, then the a as in cat, sam When the a sound appears before an M, then the a is a little milder Consider it to be an eh sound that doesn't really want to get to that a sound Saaam It's like it's doing you a favor

Saaam, right? Rather than sam Saaam And then the second syllable is saang Saang, like sing a song Saang

Notice that I don't pronounce a g sound at the end, even though it's spelled with a G, but I'm pronouncing an NG, which is basically an N that is produced in the back of the throat Sam-saang Ng-ng-ng Saang And if you want to find out more about the NG, check out my video How to Pronounce the NG Sound

Samsung Huawei This is a Chinese company, therefore the name is originally in Chinese In Chinese it's pronounced Huawei Huawei

Actually this sound does exist in American English and it's the WH sound that some people pronounce as hwa, like hwhy, hwhere, and hwhat Since most people pronounce the hwha sound, the WH sound as the W, same thing here Instead of saying huawei you pronounce it as waa, waa-wei Waa, so it's a W sound, then the aa as in father, waa, and then wei, as in no way you pronounce it that way Waa-wei

Waa-wei Facebook Now, this seems to be like a really simple name to pronounce, especially since we use it all of the time Facebook But there is a trick here and let me explain

The first syllable is rather simple for most speakers to pronounce and that is fei Ei as in day, fei Make sure you don't pronounce it as eh, fes-book, but fei So, add a little j sound at the end Feis

Feis Then we have the word book Book Notice that it's not buuk But bʊk

The sound there, the vowel there is somewhere between u and and a and o bʊk Drop your jaw, relax your lips, create a lot of space in the back of your mouth, be really chill, and say it with me Book Book Facebook

Facebook Adobe We begin with an uh sound So, it's a very small reduced vowel, it's the schwa sound, so don't open your mouth Uh, uh

Then the second syllable is dow as in don't do this Dow It's a d sound, then the ow as in go, and since it's the primary stress, you already know this, it is longer, louder and higher in pitch, uh-dow And then you end it up with bee As in this is who I want to be

A b sound and a high ee Adobe Adobe The next company is Salesforce The reason why this name may be challenging for non-native speakers is because of the two words that have long vowels in them, the rhythm of the word and the actual sounds 'cause we have both an L and an R in the word

So, let's break it down The first word is sales Sales It's an s sound, then the ei as in day, so make sure you have the j sound at the end so it's not sels, sels, but sei, sei Then the dark L

Pull the tongue in, seil, create that tension, you hear that dark sound, seil-l-l That's the dark l, you can even round the lips just a bit Seil Not if you're a Portuguese speaker For you bring the tip of the tongue up to touch the upper palate

Don't make it sound like a W Seils Then immediately we move on to the next word or syllable, and that is force Force The secret here is to make sure that the vowel is pronounced clearly before you bring the tongue up for the R

Force The vowel is or as in four Four So, prounnce the or sound, round your lips, keep the tongue down, four, count to three No, I'm kidding but keep it down and only at the end, before you hit the S sound then pronounce the R

Fors, right? The R is just a fragment of the word Don't let it take over So, it doesn't sound like furs Furs Salesfurs

Salesforce So, you've got to control your tongue and your articulation organs Sales-force Salesforce Okay, that's it

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