Originally Posted by cenix
i had an elderly japanese couple, maybe like 70 years old, walking by as i was getting out of my car and staring at my car profusely. they were exchanging words amongst themselves in japanese and as i was walking away, the elderly man asked me in a heavy accent and broken english:
"what kind of car?" he said pointing.
i answered, "subaru."
they looked at each other dumbfounded.
i repeated again with a more japanese
"aaah!" they said clapping their hands and nodding, "tsu-Bah-ru! look nice!"
i said thanks, we all smiled, and then i left.
cool elderly people.
That's funny as hell that they "got it" after you accentuated the "Su", especially since the Japanese "スバル" does not have the accentuated "tsu". Nor is there any emphasis on any syllable. If ANY emphasis is there, it would be on the "su".
I love it when people correct me on that when I say "Subaru", and they go, "NAH man, it's pronounced 'Su-BAAAA-Ru'. I'm 1/4 Japanese and speak it proficiently. (and 100% Asian - 1/4 Chinese, 1/2 Thai, so it's not like I look white and would pronounce it wrong)
Although I guess in the US people pronounce it a little closer to "Soo-ba-roo".