Monday, February 11, 2013

How Do You Say Tange?

Over on bikeforums.net, there has been a thread on the correct pronunciation of Tange, the vaunted and venerable Japanese manufacturer of frame tubing.

Apparently, there is a fair amount of confusion about this in the non-Japanese speaking parts of the world, various people saying they rhyme it with "flange" and so forth.

I consulted an expert opinion on this - my son, who is a native speaker of Japanese, attends third grade in a Japanese public school here in Osaka, Japan.  Coincidentally, Osaka is also where Tange is headquartered.

So, for the record, I asked Otaku Jr. to pronounce:

たんげ  (ta-n-ge   Tange)



Mrs. Otaku, upon investigating the hubbub, reports that  丹下左膳 (Tange somebody or other) is a one-eyed samurai in various dramas as well as possibly a relatively uncommon Japanese family name.


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Awesome. Useful and awesome.

Ron Smith said...

Thanks