- Dec 23, 2017
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The commercial does mispronounce it. See the explanation at the top of page 2;here i was talking with my friends about how the commercial mis-pronounced it. thats some hard irony for me right there.
As I said there, hiragana and katakana are their own pronunciation guides.The word "Tamagotchi" is a portmanteau of the Japanese "tamago" and the English "watch", with the "gotch" part intended to rhyme with "watch".
The small "つ" (tsu) in "たまごっち" ("Tamagotchi" in hiragana, but this also applies to katakana as well) indicates a very brief "break" in the middle of the word that changes the sound of it. Accordingly, per the IPA note on the Tamagotchi Wikipedia page, the correct pronunciation is "Tam-a-gotch-ee" for English speakers (where the "i" is not silent) or "Tam-a-gotch" (where "gotch" rhymes with "watch") in the original Japanese.