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How to Pronounce Foreign Beauty Brands (or Not) 2011-08-18 13:12:50

How to Pronounce Foreign Brand Names (or Not)

If you don't speak French or Italian, you could become tongue-tied by some of the big names in fashion and beauty. Brands such as L'Occitane and Yves Saint Laurent can prove difficult to pronounce for those not in the know. (Who can forget Nomi Malone's "Vur-sayss" faux pas in Showgirls?) Fortunately, the Internet provides a handy cheat sheet that can save you the awkwardness of mispronouncing designer names. Yes, it's Pronunciation Manual to the rescue. Turns out we've been saying these names all wrong, according to the YouTube channel's flawless enunciation of L'Occitane, Versace, Gucci, and Yves Saint Laurent. Spot on. Got a question on how to (really) pronounce a name? Leave it in the comment section and we'll do our best to help you say Versace.

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Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 5 years
Hermes is pronounced "air-MEZ." Bottega is "bow-TAY-ga ven-eh-ta." There are some (real!) pronunciation videos on YouTube that can help, but even some of those are off. You can always go to the brand or designer's YouTube channel and hear how it's pronounced.
GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
LOL. Lawd I thought I butchered some names. This one takes the whole bakery and dairy farm.
pandacn pandacn 5 years
How do you say Hermes for real? That's the one luxury brand name I can never get right. I've heard it so many different ways! And Bottega Veneta?
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 5 years
I'm addicted to this!!
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 5 years
Yes, they're jokes! Amaebi519, "Lauren" is pronounced like the first name, a la Lauren Bacall.
Paromita Paromita 5 years
wait..chechancho? this is too funny
Paromita Paromita 5 years
About time someone came up with this!
amaebi519 amaebi519 5 years
Some of these are pretty funny; reminds me of an episode of ANTM. Actually, I always hear Ralph Lauren's last name pronounced with a French accent, but I've heard this is incorrect (from a more reputable source than Pronunciation Manual, though!). Bella, can you confirm?
vanessmask vanessmask 5 years
I hope so
Ellenora Ellenora 5 years
L'Occitane is sooooooooo wrong. I'm so humiliated. These are jokes, right?
Susan-Yara Susan-Yara 5 years
Haha! My fave is L'Occitane. La cockey-chocky-chaney.
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