"Disgaea"... is it REALLY that hard to pronounce??

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"Disgaea"... is it REALLY that hard to pronounce??

Postby Sheleigha » Thu Aug 19, 2010 1:02 am

As a person who sells games, I heard tons of mispronounciations. Wrath of the Lich King, seemed to be another toughy. From "leech" "lick" and "like", it's amazing... Now, "Disgaea" sort of looks like "Dissidia", in which people have fewer problems pronouncing. Here, is a list of the many ways I've heard the title pronounced (heard another today, which inspired this topic!)
"Dis-gey-ah"
"Dis-ah-ka"
"Dis-iggy-ah"
"Dis-gee-ah"

...I'm sure there's a few others, but those are the main ones I remember. Now, I realize the english language can be ridiculous, but adding in random "k"s in the title somehow, does not make sense! And these aren't even parents buying for their kids (which can be amazing with them trying to pronounce something simple like "Pokemon" coming out as "Poo-kee-man"...), these are fans of JRPGs 0_o
...did NOBODY see the word "gaea" in there?? I realize it's the Greek spelling, but there are other titles, such as the super popular God of War that has characters SAYING the name in it's proper "guy-ah". Reading up a bit, it seems as "gey-ah" is also ok to use, although I guess it's one not used as often.

But please tell me, that I'm not the only one out there that didn't have troubles in it's pronounciation :( Especially at "Dis-ah-ka" it always amazes me...

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Re: "Disgaea"... is it REALLY that hard to pronounce??

Postby vampko » Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:05 am

Sheleigha wrote:As a person who sells games, I heard tons of mispronounciations. Wrath of the Lich King, seemed to be another toughy. From "leech" "lick" and "like", it's amazing... Now, "Disgaea" sort of looks like "Dissidia", in which people have fewer problems pronouncing. Here, is a list of the many ways I've heard the title pronounced (heard another today, which inspired this topic!)
"Dis-gey-ah"
"Dis-ah-ka"
"Dis-iggy-ah"
"Dis-gee-ah"

...I'm sure there's a few others, but those are the main ones I remember. Now, I realize the english language can be ridiculous, but adding in random "k"s in the title somehow, does not make sense! And these aren't even parents buying for their kids (which can be amazing with them trying to pronounce something simple like "Pokemon" coming out as "Poo-kee-man"...), these are fans of JRPGs 0_o
...did NOBODY see the word "gaea" in there?? I realize it's the Greek spelling, but there are other titles, such as the super popular God of War that has characters SAYING the name in it's proper "guy-ah". Reading up a bit, it seems as "gey-ah" is also ok to use, although I guess it's one not used as often.

But please tell me, that I'm not the only one out there that didn't have troubles in it's pronounciation :( Especially at "Dis-ah-ka" it always amazes me...

Just don't think about it too much. I have to deal with people mispronouncing japanese all the time, and when I'm working I have to deal with people finding new ways to name a pizza all the time. It's better to not just dwell on it, and move on.
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Re: "Disgaea"... is it REALLY that hard to pronounce??

Postby yhbt » Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:48 am

Well, it can be pretty hard for people, especially young people, to know how to pronounce it without actually hearing it somewhere first. I pronounced it as "dis-gah-eh-ah" for a long while until I saw the Disgaea 1 PSP trailer where they said "dis-gah-yah." Gaea is not a word in my language, and I didn't automatically connote it to the Japanese word, gaia, as the title said Disgaea.

Just because "gaea" is in there doesn't mean people will think of that word, or even know that word in many cases. It's not really in common use, is it? I've only ever seen it used in RPGs, I think. Disgaea isn't really a word, so most people will guess at it to their best knowledge. Furthermore, almost all trailers that I can recall of this series do not pronounce the title.

"Dis-ah-ka" is quite a bit off, I agree. But people have varying language skills, so I don't bother judging them for it. I might correct them, but they don't exactly bother me. ;p

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Re: "Disgaea"... is it REALLY that hard to pronounce??

Postby Rhuen » Thu Aug 19, 2010 10:14 am

???

Dis-Gaia "Gaia as in the Greek Goddess of the Earth, they just changed the spelling a little"

so

Dis-guy-uh

essentially.

the title is meant to mean "other Earth"
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Re: "Disgaea"... is it REALLY that hard to pronounce??

Postby shymel94 » Thu Aug 19, 2010 10:55 am

Well Gaea is actually pronounced jee-uh, but Disgaea uses gaia's pronunciation. That can cause confusion.
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Re: "Disgaea"... is it REALLY that hard to pronounce??

Postby BigNutter » Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:43 am

I didn't hear it being said until after the Anime had an Trailer online.. but It only stuck after seeing the first Episode.. and That as in Episode 2 Preview!

In the first Game, you only have one actual mention of the Title of the Game: In the Final Episode Preview!

I watched a few episodes before I completed the game, I think I was around the battle with the 1st Defender of Earth. It took me most of a year to do, partly I had a PS2 die on me.... and I killed the second with D1.
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Re: "Disgaea"... is it REALLY that hard to pronounce??

Postby melody angel » Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:43 pm

i know what you mean but im used to it lol
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Re: "Disgaea"... is it REALLY that hard to pronounce??

Postby MIRACLEfool » Thu Aug 19, 2010 3:48 pm

Yeah... I'm not sure how people mispronounce it at all. I thought it looked pretty straight forward
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Re: "Disgaea"... is it REALLY that hard to pronounce??

Postby SjSharks182 » Thu Aug 19, 2010 4:00 pm

I pronounced it with like dis-jee-ya like Shymel posted, that's actualy a bit confusing. But once I heard it it stuck. Although my brothers think they are funny pronouncing it dis-gay-ah -.-
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Re: "Disgaea"... is it REALLY that hard to pronounce??

Postby melody angel » Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:19 pm

my mom calls it dis-gay-ah :lol:
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Postby SjSharks182 » Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:24 pm

melody angel wrote: my mom calls it dis-gay-ah :lol:

your mom talks about it?
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Re: "Disgaea"... is it REALLY that hard to pronounce??

Postby melody angel » Thu Aug 19, 2010 7:03 pm

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melody angel wrote: my mom calls it dis-gay-ah :lol:

your mom talks about it?

yep :lol: she hates Etna :?
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Postby SjSharks182 » Thu Aug 19, 2010 7:06 pm

melody angel wrote:
SjSharks182 wrote:
melody angel wrote: my mom calls it dis-gay-ah :lol:

your mom talks about it?

yep :lol: she hates Etna :?

But Etna is sexy-licious XP
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Re: "Disgaea"... is it REALLY that hard to pronounce??

Postby melody angel » Thu Aug 19, 2010 7:16 pm

SjSharks182 wrote:But Etna is sexy-licious XP

Etna is awesome, but i would like to know more about her childhood.
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Re: "Disgaea"... is it REALLY that hard to pronounce??

Postby Rhuen » Thu Aug 19, 2010 7:28 pm

melody angel wrote:
SjSharks182 wrote:But Etna is sexy-licious XP

Etna is awesome, but i would like to know more about her childhood.


Now THAT is a scene that I'd love to see

Prinny: Uh....Master Etna dood?

Etna: What, can't you see I'm eating you stupid Prinny.

Prinny: Well....dood...there's this lady at the door dood?

Etna: yeah so? what she selling encylodpedias or something? Like I care...tell her to go away or I'll blow her up.

Prinny:....uh...she...she's kinda scary dood...and...she said...

Etna: *sighs* fine, lazy coward

Prinny:....But...dood...

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Etna: (in surprised voice)...M....Mom?
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