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Old 10-22-2000, 11:17 AM   #1
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Post New Impreza test drive from the UK

I found this at from friends at Scoobynet.

Q: Is it me or does the woman pronounce Impreza "Impret-zsa" instead of "Imprez-sa"?

or have I been pronoucing the name of my car wrong all this time?
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Old 10-22-2000, 05:22 PM   #2
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I know I am probably going to open up a can of worms here, but I thought that it was supposed to be pronounced "impretza". How would you pronounce similar words in Italian, such as Calzone ?
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Old 10-22-2000, 05:39 PM   #3
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God damn British accents are so much sexier than American ones. Sexier than Jon Davis on Motorweek, anyway .
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Old 10-22-2000, 07:56 PM   #4
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She's what us Brits call a "Geezer-chick", tough as bollocks but still retaining some "girlie-ness" !
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Old 10-23-2000, 11:04 AM   #5
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That's a fantastic mpeg! Essential download for anyone who hasn't seen it yet.

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Old 10-23-2000, 11:57 AM   #6
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The proper Japanese pronunciation is "EEM-PREHT-SAH".

I've never heard a Japanese citizen pronounce it any other way.
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Old 10-23-2000, 01:04 PM   #7
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Because Japanese speaking people can't pronounce R's.
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Old 10-23-2000, 01:05 PM   #8
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Bzzt, sorry. Japanese pronounciation is very simple as the language can be written out phonetically. In this case, it's "Im-pre-ssa".

For some reason the brits think there is a glottal stop in there, and it' ain't.

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Old 10-23-2000, 01:10 PM   #9

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There's no 'T' in there guys. It's like calling the car a pretzel.


And I know I'm right because all news reporters in the USA have a midwetern non-accent (non because it's universally understandable) and and... well just because!
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Old 10-23-2000, 02:14 PM   #10
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The Japanese pronounce it Impuresa. The romaniztion of Japanese is FAR from phonetic.

Mada VW mottemasu kedo, atarashi WRX hoshii, doshiyou ka na~


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Old 10-23-2000, 03:18 PM   #11
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How the Japanese pronounce it is largely irrelevant. It's plainly not designed for the Japanese tongue, even with my extremely limited knowledge of the language.

To me the word sounds like a computer-generated cross between "impress" (which you are supposed to do if you have this car) "her" (to stop it sounding *too* blokey) and the 'z' (however you pronounce it) to give it Italianate flair. Strictly speaking you'd need to 'z's, but there you go.

I've never heard anything other than ImpreTza, from anyone. If they say it different, they're probably not from the UK or Australia or NZ - it's simply one of those words that is pronounced differently depending on your location.

"Brits" (and Aussies and Kiwis) think it's called ImpreTza because that is how it was introduced by the importer - much like the pronunciation of Daewoo changes depending on the country (e.g. Day-oo in the UK, Die-woo in Australia). Any other pronunciation depends on the country you are in. So, please, don't go telling me that ImpreTza is "wrong" and what you say is right .

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Old 10-24-2000, 10:09 AM   #12
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Hey, the link is dead for this test drive vid. Anybody get it? Could someone re-post it?

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Old 10-24-2000, 10:49 AM   #13
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So what's up with the British pronunciation of aluminum. They add, like, six extra syllables.
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Old 10-24-2000, 11:01 AM   #14
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Yeah and momentum....momenumum.

I say sir.... I say sir. What's a lorry?
Do you call an F150 a lorry then? so cute....
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Old 10-24-2000, 01:55 PM   #15
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Actually in British english it's 'aluminium' (note spelling), hence the extra syllables.
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Old 10-24-2000, 04:23 PM   #16
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Old 10-24-2000, 05:41 PM   #17
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actually, it should be in-pu-re-ssa
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