I have always pronounced it kinda like sour with southern drawl added..just like its spelled. Seemed right untill I learned Heckler&Koch was not pronounced cotch, now I have my doubts.
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February 18, 2003, 12:06 AM
I think its pronounced: "Sig" "Sour". The "Sig" part rymes with "Fig", and the "Sauer" part is pronounced like "Sour". I'm not particularly well rounded or good in language though, so I could be wrong.
February 18, 2003, 12:48 AM
I remember asking this question a long time ago.... I was told the S's should have a slightly long "Z" sound to them.
February 18, 2003, 01:07 AM
I pronounce it Sig (sweet) Saur (sour). My friend prononces it "Smith and Wesson".
February 18, 2003, 01:09 AM
Sorry it is pronouced just as it is written..in light of Germany's anitcs we should boycott german pronunciation...:D
February 18, 2003, 01:16 AM
When I went to Switzerland last year, I learned that they pronounce the SIG part as ES-EE-GAY; three syllables, not one word as we would do.
February 18, 2003, 01:57 AM
Those crazy swiss...first it was holes in cheese..now this.:rolleyes:
February 18, 2003, 10:41 AM
I learned that they pronounce the SIG part as ES-EE-GAY
As a straight Sig owner i find that pronunciation somewhat troubling, not that there's anything wrong with that :)
February 18, 2003, 12:43 PM
"I learned that they pronounce the SIG part as ES-EE-GAY;..."
They are, of course, spelling out the acronym SIG, S=es, I=ee, G=gay, instead of saying it like it's done here where it is popular to do so (if it is phonetically, or close to phonetically possible).
But according to HKPro (http://www.hkpro.com/koch.htm) it's...
(well darn... I tried to attach the "german guy saying Koch" .wav file, but it's too big. You'll have to get it from HKPro)
February 18, 2003, 06:24 PM
arin, Heckler und elf boots?:confused:
Zeeg Zour. Vee vill asken den questionen!:D
February 18, 2003, 06:36 PM
Hecker and Coke would be the correct way to pronounce it. Most folks here in New York say "Kotch" since the mayor of NYC in the 80s pronounced it that way (Ed Koch).
Almost everyone else I have ever encountered with that last name has pronounced it "coke" and the hate Ed Koch for bastardizing their good name :)
February 18, 2003, 06:38 PM
Ok, I'll play the straight man.
is Swiss Industrial Company (Sauer is the German partner)
e.g. I own an IBM computer. "eye-bee-em."
Never heard of an "ibbum". ;)
February 18, 2003, 07:43 PM
Sauer is pronounced...."sawr"....just ask any Pennsylvania Dutchman;)
February 18, 2003, 10:23 PM
Neither Pennsylvania "Dutch" nor Yiddish is a good guide to modern German pronunciation.
Sauer is not only a name, it is an adjective which means just what it sounds like - sour. It is pronounced like "sour" except with a "z" sound - "zour". "Koch", by the way, means "cook".
February 18, 2003, 10:43 PM
Eytch-Kæy :D :neener: :evil: :cool:
February 19, 2003, 03:47 PM
"Zour" is right.
Being German and having lived in the US before I find it nearly impossible to teach an English-spoken person how to pronounce the "ch"-sound in Koch, let alone describe it.
It's definitely neither "kotch" nor "kock"...
This sorta reminds me of how much trouble I had with pronouncing the "th" when I first learned English ;)
February 19, 2003, 03:54 PM
Oh well, I might as well give it a try:
the "ch" is (in this instance) some sort of rough snoring in the throat (no kidding).
Didn't anybody ever listen to the bad guys in the old WW2 movies?
February 19, 2003, 04:00 PM
El tejon...it was an attempt at illustrating the pronounciation:
"Heckler and Crotch"
February 19, 2003, 04:05 PM
To correctly pronounce Heckler and Koch, first say "Heckler" and then say "Ko and promptly choke on your tongue. :eek: The ch is the same ch in "La Chiem" or "Baurch" and is pronounced more as "kh" said from the back of your throat than anything else.
February 19, 2003, 10:06 PM
It's pronounced "Aitch n' Kay."
February 19, 2003, 11:13 PM
Whatever you do, do NOT raise your right hand into the air as you say "Zig Zaur!"
Co-workers might look at you weird.
February 19, 2003, 11:35 PM
always pronounced them "too :cuss: expensive!"
February 20, 2003, 12:35 AM
I think its "sour" as in "sour kraut" for you brats. SIG stands for Swiss Industrial Group I believe.
As for H&K, I think its heckler and coke. But I usually just call 'em USP, P7M_, G3... and so on, whatever the case may be.
February 20, 2003, 12:44 AM
hehe i used to prounced H&K and Heckler and "Croak" but then again that doesn't good
February 20, 2003, 01:50 AM
for your information..."SOUR" kraut is ACTUALLY spelled "SAUER" kraut.
But it IS sour.:barf:
February 20, 2003, 03:21 AM
To correctly pronounce Heckler and Koch, first say "Heckler" and then say "Ko and promptly choke on your tongue. The ch is the same ch in "La Chiem" or "Baurch" and is pronounced more as "kh" said from the back of your throat than anything else.
Not quite. First off, those Hebrew words are transliterated as "L'Chaim" and "Baruch." But those ch's are more guttural sounds. The German ch is higher in the throat and should sound like the "h" in huge (but with a bit more wind).
February 20, 2003, 03:45 AM
Not quite. First off, those Hebrew words are transliterated as "L'Chaim" and "Baruch." But those ch's are more guttural sounds. The German ch is higher in the throat and should sound like the "h" in huge (but with a bit more wind).Actually, that all depends on what "German" you are thinking about. Hochdeutsch, for example, sound different from Suddeutsch. Since, Yiddisch is considered a German dialect (with much Slavic infusion), Yiddisch pronounciations are also "German."
BTW, SIG stands for Sweizerische Industrie-Gesellschaft, Swiss Industrial Company. SIG acquired Sauer & Sohn of Germany to bypass very tough Swiss weapon export laws to give the world SIG-Sauer.
As for pronounciation, let's save some electronic paper - no need to try to reinvent the wheel: