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Old 22nd of June 2010 (Tue)   #1
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Default how to pronounce "zeiss"?

is it zees or xais or zes (like zesty nachos)? anyone speaks german?
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zice.
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zice.
That's how I've always heard it pronounced.
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zice.
Is it similar to the pronunciation of "nice"?
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Is it similar to the pronunciation of "nice"?
Yeah, Zeiss, Nice, Dice.
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Old 22nd of June 2010 (Tue)   #6
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Default Re: how to pronounce "zeiss"?

I speak a bit of German, and in German when 'i' and 'e' are used together, the sound made is of the latter letter in the pair, so Zeiss is pronounced with the 'i' sound, like Zice
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It's pronounced as 'tsice'. .better still, you can hear the correct pronunciation here:

http://www.forvo.com/word/carl_zeiss/

Most people get the first part right, but the 'Z' wrong. It's not 'z' as in zebra but pronounced as 'ts' in German.
German 'Z' pronunciation guide: http://userweb.port.ac.uk/~joyce1/ab...e/consonz.html
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Default Re: how to pronounce "zeiss"?

Agreed its zice! The Zeiss is nice so take a pic of my ice dice that go for a high price that were made by mice!
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Agreed its zice! The Zeiss is nice so take a pic of my ice dice that go for a high price that were made by mice!
No, it's not. The z is pronounced as 'ts'. Listen to the sample.
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tsai-s
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Default Re: how to pronounce "zeiss"?

It's "tsice", but in normal English (American?) fashion, we butcher the pronunciation because we know everything.

Hors d'oeuvre, anyone?

Personally, I use the "z" sound because pronouncing all foreign words properly probably makes me sound like a twit.
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Yeah, Zeiss, Nice, Dice.
Don't think 'yeah' works...
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Yeah, Zeiss, Nice, Dice.
Thanks..... I just met my quota of learning something new each day. Tomorrow and the days after, I'll try to learn how to properly pronounce Nikon, bokeh, Leica, Swarovski, etc.
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Thanks..... I just met my quota of learning something new each day. Tomorrow and the days after, I'll try to learn for to properly pronounce Nikon, bokeh, Leica, Swarovski, etc.
Don't forget Canon though everyone just pronounces it like cannon.
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Default Re: how to pronounce "zeiss"?

German is my mother tongue..

The "Z" is pronounced "TS" with the T being a bit softer than the S..

"EI" is pronounced like "eye".

"SS" is prononced as an elongated "S"..
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