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Old 04-14-2012, 09:27 AM
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Ah-carina or Oh-carina?

Which way do you pronounce it? I'm aware that Ah-carina is technically the correct way to pronounce it, but I also know that many people have grown up thinking it's Oh-carina, and it feels weird to them to switch to Ah-carina. So, which way do you prefer to pronounce it?

Edit 1: Damn, forgot to add a poll. Can a mod help me out by adding a poll, please?

Edit 2: Apparently, both pronunciations are correct depending on the language/accent used. Do with that what what you will.
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:31 AM
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Re: Ah-carina or Oh-carina?

Aww-Carina. Its sounds so legit....or something like that.
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:32 AM
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Re: Ah-carina or Oh-carina?

I've pronounced it both ways, "ah" first, and the latter because I later thought it might be more correct. However, now I just use "ah", and I think it sounds better (and is slightly easier to say).
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:45 AM
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Re: Ah-carina or Oh-carina?

Well, the way I pronounce it is probably closest to the 'ah', so ah-carina is the way. I've heard people pronounce it as oh-carina, but I don't really like it that way, and to be frank, I think it sounds a bit dumb. Though that's personal preference, so some people probably have it the same way with ah-carina :/

And about getting a poll added, I think it would be better if you contacted one of the moderators of this section, as they may not notice it otherwise.
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:50 AM
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Re: Ah-carina or Oh-carina?

Poll added.

And for the record, it's not spelt acarina.
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:51 AM
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Re: Ah-carina or Oh-carina?

"Ock-ah-ree-na"
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:53 AM
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Re: Ah-carina or Oh-carina?

Aww-Fawk-a-Rina.....Where did I get a F in it? <_<
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:29 AM
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Re: Ah-carina or Oh-carina?

"Ah"-carina sounds the most natural to me. "Oh"-carina sounds too forced.
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:38 AM
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Re: Ah-carina or Oh-carina?

I tend to do "Oh"-carina but I don't think it's what's generally seen as correct. I may try to switch over to "Ah"-carina. It doesn't sound as cool to me, though.
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:39 AM
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Re: Ah-carina or Oh-carina?

I think it's ocarina with an "Ah" pronunciation . . . it just seems a little easier to say, and "Oh" just doesn't sound natural. It's easier to say The Legend of Zelda: "Ah"carina of Time, then The Legend of Zelda: "Oh"carina of Time . . . the "Ah" just rolls off the tongue a little easier. But that's just my opinion. It's like pronouncing Pokemon as Pok-eh-mon or Pok-eee-mon . . . although Pokemon clearly has the little mark above the "E" to tell you it's 'eh' and not 'ee'.
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:40 AM
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Re: Ah-carina or Oh-carina?

"Ah"-carina. "Oh"-carina makes the instrument sound like it's crafted from oak.

Additionally, I've heard some people pronounce it as Oh-cer-ina. Have no idea how they came up with that, but I guess that's what makes the world go 'round.

Edit: I was curious enough to look it up, and here's what I got.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/ocarina?s=t

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Old 04-14-2012, 10:45 AM
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Re: Ah-carina or Oh-carina?

For some reason I'm constantly having to hear people saying "orc-arina." ishygddt.
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:57 AM
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Re: Ah-carina or Oh-carina?

Oh-Carina sounds like a plant or a tree...
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Old 04-14-2012, 01:26 PM
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Re: Ah-carina or Oh-carina?

When I found out that the majority of people pronounce it "Ah-carina" I literally made a loud, involuntary sound of disgust. "Ugh!"

I've always seen it as "Oh-carina". The letter O doesn't sound like "Ah" in that word. It's just not correct. If it were OCKarina, then sure, but it's not!

Also, this is definitive proof that it is meant to be pronounced OH-Carina:
http://youtu.be/gLpRxRGVxhY
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Old 04-14-2012, 06:10 PM
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Re: Ah-carina or Oh-carina?

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Also, this is definitive proof that it is meant to be pronounced OH-Carina:
The Proper Pronunciation of "Ocarina" - YouTube
No, it's not. The word "Ocarina" doesn't even derive from Japanese, and even if the Japanese do pronounce it that way, it still doesn't mean anything, because they speak a different dialect.

Here's the official commercial for Ocarina of Time 3D, and they pronounce it with an "ah" sound.

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Old 04-14-2012, 06:18 PM
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Re: Ah-carina or Oh-carina?

I always say Ah'carina because that's how I said it as a kid. I said everything right as a kid, except Epona. I pronounced that Eh-pwn-ya.
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Old 04-14-2012, 06:29 PM
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Re: Ah-carina or Oh-carina?

I have always pronounced it "Ah-carina". Then in 2010, when I joined this site, I heard people pronounce it as "Oh-carina", and I still pronounced it "Ah-carina".
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:05 PM
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Re: Ah-carina or Oh-carina?

I know it's wrong, but I just said Oh-carina from the start. I can't say it the other way naturally unless I'm trying.
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:33 PM
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No, it's not. The word "Ocarina" doesn't even derive from Japanese, and even if the Japanese do pronounce it that way, it still doesn't mean anything, because they speak a different dialect.

Here's the official commercial for Ocarina of Time 3D, and they pronounce it with an "ah" sound.
As someone who has studied Japanese and knows the proper use of katakana, they would have wrote it A-KA-RI-NA if they wanted it to be pronounced that way. In Katakana, the long A sound is used to simulate many English O sounds. It's not uncommon.

Regardless of the pronunciation of the actual instrument, I still feel that the pronunciation for "OCARINA OF TIME" is "O-Ka-Ri-Na", because that is how the creators of the game intended for it to be pronounced.
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:38 PM
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Re: Ah-carina or Oh-carina?

Ocarina of time,

Ah carina. that's just how I've said it since I was 3, so I just stick with that.

I've also heard it's different in different countries
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