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How is Roku pronounced?

Postby wzwor » Mon Oct 15, 2012 3:11 am

I thought row-koo but saw it as rock-you (which is kind of cool) somewhere.
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Re: How is Roku pronounced?

Postby castalla » Mon Oct 15, 2012 3:45 am

'That blasted purple box!'
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Re: How is Roku pronounced?

Postby scyber » Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:55 am

First line of wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roku

Roku (pronounced "roh koo")[2] is an American, privately held, consumer electronics company that sells home digital media products. The company is based in Saratoga, California.[3] Roku manufactures a variety of digital media receivers that allow customers to access internet streamed video or audio services through televisions. This includes subscription-based services as well as services that are available through the receiver free of charge.


Roku is the japanese work for 6. This is the 6th company founded by Anthony Wood.

EDIT: To fix Anthody Wood's name. That is why I shouldn't post before my caffeine.
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Re: How is Roku pronounced?

Postby jeffrok » Mon Oct 15, 2012 5:11 am

I thought it was Anthony Wood :D.
Yeah, I got some Rokus.
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Re: How is Roku pronounced?

Postby wizin » Mon Oct 15, 2012 6:48 am

Its actually 'Hindi' ( Indian )

In Hindi, Ruko or Roko means STOP, and Roku means "shall I stop?" 8)
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Re: How is Roku pronounced?

Postby pbnj » Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:59 pm

Wikipedia is trustworthy?

I think it is purposefully rarely specified and like sheet music is left to the person reading it.
But I cannot help thinking ...."Like a Hurricane" after saying the name of the device.
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Re: How is Roku pronounced?

Postby TheEndless » Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:08 pm

pbnj wrote:Wikipedia is trustworthy?

In this case, it is. It's pronounced "roh koo".
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Re: How is Roku pronounced?

Postby RokuShawnS » Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:00 am

TheEndless wrote:
pbnj wrote:Wikipedia is trustworthy?

In this case, it is. It's pronounced "roh koo".


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Re: How is Roku pronounced?

Postby RokuMarkn » Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:16 am

With the accent on the first syllable.

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Re: How is Roku pronounced?

Postby vincec » Thu Oct 18, 2012 6:49 am

...and how do you pronounce "roh"? The same as "row"?
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Re: How is Roku pronounced?

Postby Buckeye911 » Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:05 am

Well, here is how the Japanese pronounce it. It's not even close to the way we do, roku is number six in Japanese. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SZ1YT4ncf4
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Re: How is Roku pronounced?

Postby TheEndless » Thu Oct 18, 2012 8:00 am

vincec wrote:...and how do you pronounce "roh"? The same as "row"?

Yes.
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Re: How is Roku pronounced?

Postby KennyJ » Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:44 am

Buckeye911 wrote:Well, here is how the Japanese pronounce it. It's not even close to the way we do, roku is number six in Japanese. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SZ1YT4ncf4


They don't emphasize the "uuuuu"

Sounds a bit like Rock-ka.

Either way, I've heard the media, Anthony Wood and everyone else pronounce it "Roe-kuu" -- ok, I'm not good at trying to write out pronunciations.
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Re: How is Roku pronounced?

Postby RokuMarkn » Thu Oct 18, 2012 1:32 pm

I believe the final u in the Japanese pronunciation is unvoiced. English doesn't have any unvoiced vowels so it's hard for us to hear or produce the sound. In any case, the name of the (American) company is produced "ROW-koo" and the Japanese pronunciation of their word "roku" is irrelevant.

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Re: How is Roku pronounced?

Postby Buckeye911 » Thu Oct 18, 2012 3:32 pm

RokuMarkn wrote:I believe the final u in the Japanese pronunciation is unvoiced. English doesn't have any unvoiced vowels so it's hard for us to hear or produce the sound. In any case, the name of the (American) company is produced "ROW-koo" and the Japanese pronunciation of their word "roku" is irrelevant.

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True enough.
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