the pronunciation of nike

montoya   Sunday, May 16, 2004, 01:03 GMT
which is the best to pronounce "nike"? naiki or naik?
i hope to get an answer soon
Someone   Sunday, May 16, 2004, 09:25 GMT
Steve   Sunday, May 16, 2004, 13:45 GMT
What do you mean by ''ai''. what sound are you talking about.
Someone   Sunday, May 16, 2004, 22:19 GMT
I thought he meant the long i sound.
Jim   Sunday, May 16, 2004, 23:27 GMT
By /ai/, it seems, that Montoya means the "ai" in "Taiwan".

I say /naik/ which rhymes with "bike" and "mike".
Someone   Monday, May 17, 2004, 01:09 GMT
It's naiki. Look in the dictionary.
Jim   Monday, May 17, 2004, 01:13 GMT
"Look in the dictionary." ... Ask the company more like. It's a trademark not a word.
Someone   Monday, May 17, 2004, 05:45 GMT
It's a Greek goddess. That's where the company got their name and their symbol.
Jim   Monday, May 17, 2004, 06:48 GMT
Then you'll have to ask her.
Nike   Monday, May 17, 2004, 07:05 GMT
My name is pronounced /nike/ unless you're a Roman in which case you'd call me Victoria.
Someone   Monday, May 17, 2004, 09:17 GMT
Try They have the American Heritage Dictionary.
Simon   Monday, May 17, 2004, 09:35 GMT
It's difficult not to sound likey your parents if you say /naiki/
Juan   Monday, May 17, 2004, 09:58 GMT
I pronounce it like NIGH-KEE. It sound a lot cooler. But N-EYE-K is fine as well.
Lavoisel   Monday, May 17, 2004, 10:50 GMT
If we were to pronounce it like the name of the Greek goddess, it would be "neeké".
In France we pronounce the name of the trademark /naik/, more rarely /neek/.


is your pronunciation common in Australia? Usually, I hear it pronounced /naiki/ by the English speakers.
Jim   Tuesday, May 18, 2004, 00:33 GMT
In fact I so rarely have cause to mention the brandname I couldn't be sure how it might come out when I read it without thinking too much but probably /naik/. I might, however, come out with /naiki(:)/ too especially if the people around me were saying it that way. The fact is tat I can't even remember how most people pronounce it in Australia. It's not something that bothers me enough to worry about: it's just a brandname. I'm more concerned with how to pronounce "forewoot".