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My Significant Other and I joined up with a gaming group recently. One of my discoveries whilst gaming there was that we have been mispronouncing quite a few boardgame names all this while. blush

Here is a list of them, and feel free to add yours.
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1. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:6]
Keng Leong Yeo
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This I found out from Scott's video a long time ago, but am adding it in this list because it is our favourite game.

We used to pronounce it as "Ah gree co oh lah" but I am trying to steer myself back to "Ah greek keh lah".
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2. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:161]
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We actually don't own this game and have not played it before. I have always pronounced Catan as "care turn" but have heard of it being pronounced as "car tonne" at a local gaming convention.

I am not so sure which is correct now!
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3. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:107] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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We do not know French and tend to pronounce words literally.

We have been pronouncing this as "car car so neh" since the day we bought the game. At the gaming group however, we heard "car car soar on". Which sounds more French and more correct. But I am not entirely sure which is the right one.
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4. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:13]
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Another French term.

Is it "leh ha viv reh" or is it "leh hav", i.e. is the "re" bit silent? We have been pronouncing it as the former since we bought the game, but have heard other gamers refer to it in the latter manner.
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5. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:360]
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There is less consistency in the various pronounciations heard.

Is it "block coo sss" or is it "block curse" or something else? We have been calling it "block coo sss" all along.
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6. Board Game: YINSH [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:97]
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This is a complete mystery for us. Is it meant to be pronounced by reading out the five alphabets separately, or is it something like "yee ink ss"? Out of laziness, we call it "yee ink ss".
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7. Board Game: Cape Horn [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:3539]
Chris Stanton
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This sprang immediately to mind.
Be very, very careful with the pronunciation
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8. Board Game: Amyitis [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:532]
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Amyitis

Eh Me I Tis?

Ah My I Tis?

Ah My It Is?

Ahm Yite is?
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9. Board Game: Assault on Sevastopol [Average Rating:6.57 Unranked]
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Sevastopol

Suh vast uh pole?

Sev uh stow pull?

And while we are at it how 'bout this one:

Dnepropetrovsk

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10. Board Game: Luna Llena: Full Moon [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:3454]
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This one always throws me since LL is a letter in welsh with a chle sound

Luna chlena ? Doesn't sound right

Have since given up and call this full moon
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11. Board Game: Gheos [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1184]
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Gee- os?

Ghe - hos?
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12. Board Game: Yggdrasil [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:433]
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Ygg- Drah- sil?

Y-Dra-Sil?

Y-Drah-Sil?

one friend even calls this Y-Drey-sil!
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13. Board Game: Primordial Soup: Freshly Spiced [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked]
Richard Smeltzer
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For several weeks I called this "Freshly Spliced" before realising my mistake. I maintain that my name is better.
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14. Board Game: Bausack [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:586]
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It will be forever known as 'Ball sack' whistle
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15. Board Game: Bolide [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1814]
Doug Palmer
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Bo-lee-day?

Bo-lied?

I've heard it both ways
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16. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:20]
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I usually hear it as 'Kay-less', but thought the French word was 'Kay-loose'.

I'm not sure which is right for the game.
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17. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:9]
Juan Medina
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Most people I know don't care about the German or actual english title. This game is always "The Burger from Burger".
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18. Board Game: Tuchulcha [Average Rating:5.21 Overall Rank:9941]
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Thankfully, this game comes with a pronunciation key. Otherwise I'd never have gotten it right.

It's TOO-kuhl-kah.
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19. Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:687]
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The OP probably has a better chance than I do of pronouncing this one correctly. I kinda know how it's supposed to sound, but I can still only approximate it. (And forget about the tones!)
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20. Board Game: Tahuantinsuyu [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:1415]
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I think even the Inca had a hard time pronouncing this one.

Tah-hoo-anteen-soo-you

No wonder the newer reimplementation got called simply Inca Empire.
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21. Board Game: Mahjong [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:436]
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This is another one that seems to have many pronunciations (and spellings)

My copy is spelt mah-jongg
My Dad copy Mah-Yong


Pronunciations heard include

My-Yong
Mah- Jong
My- Jonk ... yes really!
Mah-Jeh-Ong
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22. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:309]
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I've always pronounced it Al-hom-bra.

Lately locals in SoCal who are residents of the city of that name tell me it's Al-HAAAM-bra. And I tell them hey, we're talking about a palace in Spain here, not your hometown.


Alhambra in California, for the curious...
http://g.co/maps/xuny3
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23. Board Game: Troyes [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:48]
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Another French name.

So easily mispronounced as Troy-es.

But it's more like: trwah.
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24. Board Game: Glen More [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:190]
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Totally falls flat with a vanilla "American" pronunciation. Definitely needs that deep gutteral sort of trill on the "r" along with the gentle just-past-implied second syllable "uh".
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25. Board Game: Thurn and Taxis [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:255]
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I dabbled at German enough to want to call it "TOORN unt TOCK-sis" (or something like that). But if I want anyone to understand me, I have to call it "THERN and TACK-sis" (the first word with a whispery "th" as in "thousand," and rhyming with "burn").

Great game. Should have been published with a name that even the most boorish Yank can pronounce and relate to. Maybe "The Mail Must Go Through" (motto of the Pony Express).

Or it could be rethemed to New York City cab-driving routes and called "Turns and Taxis."
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