List your favorite/funniest Garmin mispronunciations

 

I love the text-to-speech on our 50LM, but emphasis on the syllables and street abbreviations are often amusing. Here's a couple of good ones that we've noticed in our travels...

Mitsubishi Motorway is abbreviated on the map as Mtwy. Our Garmin pronounces this as "Mistubishi Mih-TWY". Has no problem with the word Mitsubishi.

Cruger Road takes on a French twist with a soft g, "Cruzher Road".

Anyone else?

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Heh

"buffet" pronounces the f's

Chinese chin eese

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NUVI40 Kingsport TN

Houston Texas

When I was in Houston, I saw roads such as FM 1960. Karen called it "Federated States of Micronesia 1960".

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Streetpilot C340 Nuvi 2595 LMT

Branch or Business route

Garmin finally seems to have gotten business route and branch figured out. One is abbreviated BR the other Br.

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Sherman, set the way-back machine.

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NUVI40 Kingsport TN

Chipotle

I like to go to Chipotle Mexican every so often but the Nuvi pronounces it as:

CHIP-A-TAL.

So I need to say it that way using voice command or I'll get a whole bunch of other stuff.

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Roundabout

Not really a mis-pronunciation, but a little quirky that the unit says "enter roundabout" (in the USA) no matter what voice or country you select. To make it worse, the pronunciation isn't really that great either.

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My Doctor

Dr.Thomas Ade is..Doctor Thomas Odd.
Jill is not totally wrong on that one.
Soangetaha Rd. She got this one right.
McDonalds Milan IL is
McDonalds Mee-Lawn Eye El

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Aussie female voice...

That voice is distinctive, so I can tell when the Garmin is telling me something -- and those Aussies don't do so well on the Spanish-derived names common here in California!

Of course neither do a lot of folks -- I remember having to spend quite a while explaining to someone from out of state that while it's (mis)pronounced Co-EN-ga, it's spelled Cahuenga...

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when i lived in the valley

k6rtm wrote:

That voice is distinctive, so I can tell when the Garmin is telling me something -- and those Aussies don't do so well on the Spanish-derived names common here in California!

Of course neither do a lot of folks -- I remember having to spend quite a while explaining to someone from out of state that while it's (mis)pronounced Co-EN-ga, it's spelled Cahuenga...

It was Ka-HANG-ga. But that was in the mid 70's.

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Galena is pronounced

Galena is pronounced "guh-lee-ner."

Jill

Pronounces "county" as "nounty". Drove me so crazy, I switced to Karen.

Jill...

Jill pronounced Tchoupitoulas (pronounced "chop-a-toulas) street in New Orleans as "tchooopitooolas." She murders several other local street names down here as well, but hey, I guess if most tourists can't even pronounce the local street names correctly, I can't expect Jill to.

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Hmm

rame1012 wrote:

Jill pronounced Tchoupitoulas (pronounced "chop-a-toulas) street in New Orleans as "tchooopitooolas." She murders several other local street names down here as well, but hey, I guess if most tourists can't even pronounce the local street names correctly, I can't expect Jill to.

Hmm, I may need to simulate a route from Mukwonago to Oconomowoc now to see how the voices do with Native American words.

Australian Enlish Lee

For racecourse road he says raka-course rd. The voices are hopeless at Maori names, none of them get those right. I have friends (yep still got some) who get upset but what can we expect, the voices are funny at times. Australian Enlish Lee does best with Maori.

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It must be from NY

sydric wrote:

Galena is pronounced "guh-lee-ner."

Sounds like a New Yorker.

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The "Queen Elizabeth Way" or

The "Queen Elizabeth Way" or "QEW" in Ontario Canada, is pronounced the "Q"

We Have similar

Fluxuated wrote:

The "Queen Elizabeth Way" or "QEW" in Ontario Canada, is pronounced the "Q"

We have QE II drive, which comes out Queen Elizabeth I I Drive , not Queen Elizabeth 2nd drive

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Today is a gift, that's why they call it the present...

Jill.....

Kroger is pronounced KROCHER

A cupcake shop I just visited is Jilly's Cupcakery, which was pronounced CUPCOOKERY.

Ulysses S. Grant Highway

Ulysses South Grant Highway (US 20 Bypass)

Mispronunciations

Garmin has a hard time with French streetnames in Canada when English voices are used. I live near Jeanne D'Arc Avenue in Ottawa Canada - my Garmin calls it "Genie Dark". The last 'e' in Jeanne is of course silent and should not be pronounced and the "J" should be pronounced like a soft "G".

Dr

Dr...for Drive is always "Doktor" by Emily.

Oconomowoc

CraigW wrote:
rame1012 wrote:

Hmm, I may need to simulate a route from Mukwonago to Oconomowoc now to see how the voices do with Native American words.

When I lived in WI I always enjoyed hearing visitors try to pronounce Oconomowoc as we drove by on the interstate. I'll have to try that one myself.

QEW vs. Qew

Fluxuated wrote:

The "Queen Elizabeth Way" or "QEW" in Ontario Canada, is pronounced the "Q"

I have noticed that too. Sometimes she says Q E W, and sometimes just Q. It may be the capitalization, because the map data is not always consistent: QEW is pronounced Q E W, but Qew is pronounced Q. Not totally sure though.

WA14

That's "Washington fourteen." It runs along the north side of Columbia River, across from I-84.

Karen pronounces it "Western Australia fourteen."

It's a cheap (albeit fake) international travel. I'm not complaining.

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Forgot about this one

spider_elliott wrote:

That's "Washington fourteen." It runs along the north side of Columbia River, across from I-84.

Karen pronounces it "Western Australia fourteen."

It's a cheap (albeit fake) international travel. I'm not complaining.

I was in Washington back in May, got a kick out of this!

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have you

have you guys changed the spelling of the destination so that it would read it the way it should be pronounced? ive done that to friend's homes.

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Doctor Doctor

Brian Anseeuw,MD.
The good doctor now has the title of, "Maryland"

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Germany

We used our Garmin while driving in Germany last year. It was very helpful, and I'm glad we had it, but it became funny as the Garmin would try to pronounce some of the names. Many times the only part that was understandable was at the end of a name when it said Straße.

Meadowbrook

Considering that the word "meadow" is a fairly common I find it amusing that my Garmin 2595LMT pronounces "Meadowbrook Parkway" in NY as "Me-add-doe-brook Parkway"

Phonetic Pronunciation

I believe Garmin has a large set of common SHORT words that are recorded, but strings together phonetic clips when pronouncing longer words or phrases. And it has no idea where to place the emphasis.

So any attempt at multi-syllable words will be hit-or-miss, and will frequently end up with a humourous result. Even an easy word like "Parkway" is actually the words "Park" and "Way" joined together.

This is particularly true when attempting non-English words. My wife and I always get a giggle when Jack announces "Turn left onto Shag-a-NOP-pea Trail", when it is spelled Shaganappi and is actually pronounced SHAG-a-nap-pea.

Good try laugh out loud

My personal favorite ihop...

My personal favorite ihop... Which is not pronounced any thing like 'eye-hop'!

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The Sailor Man?

My brother borrowed my gpsr and one day, while driving with his wife, they decided to eat at "Popeyes" and upon arriving at the destination, it said "arriving at "Pop-e-yes"!

Sometimes right - sometimes wrong

I'm always boggled when Jack tells me to turn on Lakeport Blvd but the tells me I've arrived at the Lack-A-Port office. It's the same dang word!

This also happens when I exit the freeway to Co-sum-ezz Blvd but then, at the end of the exit, I'm directed to turn onto Con-sum-knees Blvd.

Why does the thing pronounce the same words in different manners?

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I see that, too

thrak wrote:

I'm always boggled when Jack tells me to turn on Lakeport Blvd but the tells me I've arrived at the Lack-A-Port office. It's the same dang word!

This also happens when I exit the freeway to Co-sum-ezz Blvd but then, at the end of the exit, I'm directed to turn onto Con-sum-knees Blvd.

Why does the thing pronounce the same words in different manners?

I see that with the word "Kachina." In announcing the upcoming exit, my various voices say "CATCH in ah" while at the end of the exit, I'm told to turn onto the correctly pronounced "Kah CHEEN ah." I also experience this with the VERY often used work "left" with both Jill and Jack--sometimes correct and sometimes mispronounced.

There's definitely something going on with the nuvi voice engine that I don't understand.

Karen pronounces

Oracle as

Or rack el

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Yes

DanielT wrote:

I believe Garmin has a large set of common SHORT words that are recorded, but strings together phonetic clips when pronouncing longer words or phrases. And it has no idea where to place the emphasis.

That's exactly what happens. I read an interview by Karen (Aussie voice), and this is what she says happens. She said it took 10 hours of saying words and sounds to make her voice file.

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NUVI40 Kingsport TN

Touhy Avenue

Two-whe

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Give 'em a Break

I think we should cut Garmin some slack for even ATTEMPTING some words.

We have the Akokiniskway Golf Course nearby and a lot of the locals can't pronounce it.

I remember as a kid trying to pronounce Massachusetts and Mississippi, never mind spell them!

And I only learned the proper pronunciation of Tooele Utah last year wink

AAA

We have laughed at a lot of mispronunciations but none come to mind at the moment. This one is in a similar line but different. While traveling we seem to often want to stop at a AAA office for a Attractions/RV book or a paper map. If I say A A A, sometime my 2460 says do you mean Triple A and that is ok. Sometimes she says do you mean A A A and that is ok but I don't understand why it switches. So I switched to saying I want Triple A and she had no idea what I was talking about so I had to go back to A A A. I know it is two different systems but found it amusing that the programer and put in a catch to Triple A one direction but didn't the other direction.

We live in an area with a lot of Indian names and the 2460 actually does better than my mother on them. It was always amusing when she would visit and try and tell us where they were going.

St Joe Center Rd

St Joe Center Rd comes out as "street Joe center road" as the St is interpreted as street not saint. We have a St Joe river in town so a lot of streets have St Joe in their names.

Maplecrest Rd is pronounced Map-el-crest not Maple-crest.

mispronunciation on garmin

The female voices calls river.....riiiiver

Bridge

It cannot figure out that when it see's "br" such as Brooklyn Br
it does not mean Brooklyn branch.

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Latest miscue

Went to the Hubba-Hubba BBQ in Flat Rock the other afternoon. It was announced as arriving at Hugheba-Hugheba.

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We

We have a street near use called Mostar Road. Every one pronounces it Mow Star but the Nuvi has always (since my original Nuvi 350 in 2005)to this day pronounced it Monster Road.

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Well, it got one right.

Well, it got one right. Powhite Parkway in Richmond, VA is pronounced POW hite. Dummies like me pronounced it PO white for the longest time.

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The 2595 can't pronounce Indian

It says Eindian.

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Big

gdfaini wrote:

It says Eindian.

Does it know the difference between Big Endian and Little Endian? smile

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While heading to I-20

Jill states left onto
I-wenty 2 or 3 times until you turn then she will say it correctly, I-Twenty.
We make fun of her each time we go that way.Sounds like someone left the t out when typing.

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Lake View Dr

It took me a while to figure out what it was saying when "Lake View Dr" was pronounced La-Key-Vee-You Drive!

Harbor Freight

Our Garmin will pronounce Harbor Freight as "Harbor Fright". Scary!

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