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How do you pronounce "Vallejo"?

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  • Member since
    December, 2008
  • From: Goffstown, NH
Posted by New Hampshire on Thursday, May 15, 2014 8:26 PM

I have always pronounced it Vah-lay-hoe.  And seems I pronounce a lot of things differently too from reading this thread...though I say "pronounce".  Really it is all notional since I don't have any friends who scale model (and thus no one to converse with about it), so all my "pronouncing" is done inside my fat head. Big Smile  So I guess the only person who has to hear my butchering of words is....myself! Cool


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  • From: Podunkville, USA
Posted by rommelkiste on Thursday, May 15, 2014 9:55 PM

This has been interesting.  I wish some of you could visit here in Podunkville USA and hear how much a language can be butchered beyond all reason.  One example is that one word will have many meanings depending on the word in front of it or maybe behind it.  Such as "War"-----Cook War,  Gleck-trick War, and then, War ya'll at?  Our favorite material in modeling gets hammered too.---  Plaskit, and Plackstick.  There are many others.  I won't even go into the raping the names covered in this thread take.  Living here I have learned to speak four languages, English, Okie, Arkie and a smattering of Hick.  

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, May 15, 2014 11:00 PM

Oh no doubt Rommel!

Under all this about what nationality says it this way versus that that way, you know that there's folks in Japan who stack the new TV on top of the old TV, folks in Croatia who find their ex-wife's Yugo when they mow the lawn, and folks in Mexico who lost five dogs when their porch collapsed.

Do they all say "Vaw-Yay-ho"?


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    February, 2018
Posted by Wickywick on Sunday, February 04, 2018 8:49 PM

This is all true! I actually live in Solano County, and I was born in Vallejo, CA. The pronunciation of the town name - although it’s very strange and nothing like the Spanish pronunciation - is vul-LAY-oh. The town is named after General Vallejo, whose name by locals is actually pronounced correctly (vaw-YEAH-ho) for the most part (weirdly enough). 


If you are a Spanish speaker, the correct pronunciation is vaw-YEAH-ho.

If you visit the town of that name in the Bay Area, most folks, except those mentioned above, would say vuh-LAY-oh.

If you were a crew member on SSBN-658, you'd call her the "Valley-Jo".


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  • From: back country of SO-CAL, at the birth place of Naval Aviation
Posted by DUSTER on Monday, February 12, 2018 7:01 PM

I have often suspected that the way words are spoken is changed each time I have learned the "correct" way to say it.  I'm and not afraid of this, however, as I assume that eventually the changes will, one day, come back around to my way.

p.s. "vaw-YEAH-ho" gets my vote.



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Posted by greghile on Monday, February 12, 2018 11:24 PM

It’s funny, I used to live next door to Costa Mesa (Coast-a Mesa), and now I live in Contra Costa (Contra Cost-a) county. Of course, I drove on “The 405” through Costa Mesa and now I drive “680” through Contra Costa county. Go  figure ...

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Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 2:51 AM
va-YAY-ho is correct!

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 6:52 AM



Revell , I'm pretty confident about, thou it took awhile for ROG to become comfortable.


As an old flying model builder, I sometimes pronounce ROG as "rise off ground" :-)


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: California
Posted by SprueOne on Monday, February 19, 2018 8:07 PM

Thank you, WickyWick, for bumping this thread back up because I would have never seen it.

Eric, Great thread!


So a quick recap to date 5-15-14

  • Vallejo = Vah-YEH-hoh
  • Tamiya = Tah Mee Yah 
  • Hasegawa = Hah Say Gah Wah
  • Gunze = Goon za(y)  Not Gun zee.
  • Zvezda = it is pronounced as it is spelled.(per Tim Kidell)
  • Italeri =  i-tal-air-ee;   think Italy with "air" between the l and y.    


Hiroshima =  Hee Roh Shee Mah , Not  Hero-She-ma

Nikon = nee con,  Not   nigh con

Any more?

Along similar lines,

I'm building the M1008 CUCV by Miniman Factory and had this question:

Rob Gronovius

Sprueone - Right on! Good info. BTW, how is the CUCV phonetically pronounced? Whenever I'm keying this into a post, my mind is verbalizing it in my head as, kook-Vee, the "oo" like the in the word, "spoon"

Rob Gronovius - It's pronounced Cuk Vee (rhymes with "yuk" sounds like cup)



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