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How do you pronounce IKEA

Post by Barnsley » Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:48 am

I have just heard an advert on the the radio and the DJ pronounced it as follows.

I - kay - a

Thats a short I sound as used in "it"

Kay as in the name Kay

a as used in apple

I pronounce it

Eye-Key-a

where the a is as apple.

I didnt know where the DJ was talking about until she added on Alexandra as a location. :o
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Post by Beeroclock » Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:55 am

yup I'm with you, eye-key-A ... but the other way is also quite comment here, almost sounds like Eek-E-aahh , takes me a moment to recognize the word when I hear it !

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Post by nutnut » Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:57 am

Eye Key Er for me
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Post by x9200 » Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:58 am

I-key-/a/ (a as in but) if talking to an alleged English speaker and
E-/ke/-/a/ (ke as in Ken) to anybody else

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Post by the lynx » Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:00 pm

The Swedish says Ee-kay-er

http://youtu.be/JBhkD4Lb4yE

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Post by Fortan » Thu, 13 Mar 2014 1:04 pm

the lynx wrote:The Swedish says Ee-kay-er

http://youtu.be/JBhkD4Lb4yE
Which is correct, since it is Swedish :)

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Post by pisceangirl » Thu, 13 Mar 2014 1:39 pm

Interesting to find this thread- Me and friend had this discussion not too long ago and we settled on the Swedish pronounciation too :)
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Post by rdueej » Thu, 13 Mar 2014 1:39 pm

Fortan wrote:
the lynx wrote:The Swedish says Ee-kay-er

http://youtu.be/JBhkD4Lb4yE
Which is correct, since it is Swedish :)
A Swedish company, yes. But the word does not have any particular root in the Swedish language, IKEA is an acronym based on the founder's name and his home town.

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Post by pisceangirl » Thu, 13 Mar 2014 1:46 pm

rdueej wrote:
Fortan wrote:
the lynx wrote:The Swedish says Ee-kay-er

http://youtu.be/JBhkD4Lb4yE
Which is correct, since it is Swedish :)
A Swedish company, yes. But the word does not have any particular root in the Swedish language, IKEA is an acronym based on the founder's name and his home town.
Which are Swedish also, hence easier to settle it by saying it like the Swedes do :D But nice to know about the etymology!
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Post by singapore eagle » Thu, 13 Mar 2014 2:11 pm

I believe that Eye Key Er is a British thing.

(I pronounce it that way too.)

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Post by BedokAmerican » Thu, 13 Mar 2014 2:16 pm

I've always said Eye-key-uh.

But one time when I called Ikea in Singapore, the automated system said, "Thank you for calling Ick-ee-uh."

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Post by proxymoron » Thu, 13 Mar 2014 4:49 pm

I was surprised hearing it is as "Ick-ee-uh" for the first time. I too used to hearing "Eye- key-aa". Me too had a discussion with a local colleague that time who was trying to convince me that it is "ick-ee-uh"

He stopped when I asked him how he pronounced "idea"
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Post by bro75 » Thu, 13 Mar 2014 5:02 pm

I pronounce it "ee-Kay-a". Never was sure whether it was the correct pronunciation. Still not sure after reading above.

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Re: How do you pronounce IKEA

Post by Strong Eagle » Thu, 13 Mar 2014 9:03 pm

Barnsley wrote:I have just heard an advert on the the radio and the DJ pronounced it as follows.

I - kay - a

Thats a short I sound as used in "it"

Kay as in the name Kay

a as used in apple

I pronounce it

Eye-Key-a

where the a is as apple.

I didnt know where the DJ was talking about until she added on Alexandra as a location. :o
One more example of idiot Singapore DJ's trying to use a fake accent and not getting the pronunciation correct.

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Post by Travailes » Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:02 am

T A T
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