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Old 12-11-2009, 03:02 AM   #1
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How do YOU pronounce Porsche?

I've heard many english speaking people call it a "Portia", like the female name.

Of course, proper PCA members call it a "Pour ch eh", just as the
Deutsche Bank is pronounced "Doy ch eh" Bank.

Recently while in Spain I found out that many there call it a
"Pour ch ay" (long A sound on the end).

Anybody familiar with any other fun/interesting variations used in other countries or languages?

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Old 12-11-2009, 04:16 AM   #2
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It's pronounced Volks Wagon now.
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So is it "Folksvagen" or "voltswagon"?

I would rather be part of VW than what happened to Land Rover and now be owned by Tata of India after being raped by Ford and BMW.
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Old 12-11-2009, 07:21 AM   #4
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In Germany you'll find it's pronounced Folks Vagon (people's car).

When I bought my first Porsche I was living in Wiesbaden. A German friend of mine said Americans will never be able to pronounce the Doktor's name correctly. But, as close as we can come is Poursh-ah, with the emphasis on the first syllable.
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Actually, because of this pronunciation issue (and because of the social stigma of being lumped with Carrera owners) I always refer to it as a "Boxster".
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Old 12-11-2009, 08:06 AM   #6
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I always pronounce it Porsch-a. I heard since it is a name you should say it as they do in the native language. If it was any other word you are allowed to put your language pronunciation on it.

Now how does everyone pronounce "citroen"??
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A friend of mine, an older lady from Berlin, was DELIGHTED when I pronounced it porsch-uh - the way it's supposed to be pronounced.
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:13 AM   #8
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Poor-shuh

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Now how does everyone pronounce "citroen"??
Either Sit-chren
.....or Crap
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Old 12-11-2009, 10:59 AM   #9
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German pronunciation is easy. Unlike English or French, you pronounce each letter.

The Porsche family pronounces it POR sha, so that's good enough for me.

BTW, most people mispronounce my German surname.
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When we did the fast lane travlel tour years ago..

in Germany,our tour guide--a retired Porsche engineer-- pronounced it "Pour' Sha"
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Y'all say Porch?
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Old 12-11-2009, 04:24 PM   #12
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Living in San Francisco and driving a boxster, there are two mis-pronunciations that bother me on a regular basis:

Don't call it "Frisco"
and don't call it a "Porsh"
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Living in San Francisco and driving a boxster, there are two mis-pronunciations that bother me on a regular basis:

Don't call it "Frisco"
and don't call it a "Porsh"
Seriously, that bothers you? I think 99% of Americans pronounce it Porsh so you really must be bothered on a pretty regular basis.
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How I pronounce it: Eff You Enn, FUN!
I don't know the German word
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German pronunciation is easy. Unlike English or French, you pronounce each letter.

The Porsche family pronounces it POR sha, so that's good enough for me.

BTW, most people mispronounce my German surname.
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:07 PM   #16
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Hey Guys,

My wife has named my car "Porshee"

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Old 12-12-2009, 07:27 PM   #17
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The German way is "Porsh-ah", not "Porsh", so I guess 99% of you are wrong!
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The German way is "Porsh-ah", not "Porsh", so I guess 99% of you are wrong!
lol.....yeah I don't think there is a more widely mis-pronounced word here in America. If you randomly asked 100 Americans to say it, 99 of them would say Porsh, so the American pronunciation is Porsh. Sometimes I say Porsha sometimes I say Porsh, it doesn't really matter to me.
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I always pronounce it Porsch-a. I heard since it is a name you should say it as they do in the native language. If it was any other word you are allowed to put your language pronunciation on it.

Now how does everyone pronounce "citroen"??

This one is a little more complicated. CitroŽn is pronounced something like sit-roh-ah.

English speakers struggle with this one for many reasons, one of which is not understanding what the umlaut (in French, trťma) on top of the "e" does to the pronunciation. An umlaut separates the vowel sounds, think of NoŽl, the "O" and "E" are separated to sound No-el, rather than sounding something like a word rhyming with roll, if the umlaut were not present.
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i dont no y u r worried. we don't spell no more or type good. car gr8. call it p-car

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