and a funny fact about Thomastik...

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Wade10987, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. Wade10987


    Sep 27, 2011
    Tampa, FL
    I noticed there is a thread here on "how to pronounce popular bass guitar companies".

    I realized that Thomastik is hard to pronounce for the everday man. I am majoring in German at FSU, and just recently applied my phonetic skills and figured out it is

    "Toe-MOSS-teek In-FELLLD"
    Even as a German major I was saying "TAH miss tick".
    The Germans roll their L's and R's. And yes I know TI's are made in Austria, but they speak German.

    So have fun pronouncing it right. Its definitely different than what you might expect.
  2. Wade10987


    Sep 27, 2011
    Tampa, FL

    Don't act like you're not suprised! :)
  3. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Well, I've been pronouncing it correctly for years and I don't speak more than about five words of German. I'd love to be able to say it's because I knew how to pronounce it, but actually, I just got lucky. I had no idea what the correct pronunciation was.
  4. Wade10987


    Sep 27, 2011
    Tampa, FL
    Thats pretty cool Lo E!

    I am actually impressed, no sarcasm.

    Its just that I saw "Thomas" and pronounced it like the name, Thomas. Fairly simple, and I wouldn't be suprised if most English speakers took that language bias to it.

    Its just that "Toe MOSS teek" sounds so, I don't know, UnEnglish?
  5. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    Still figuring out how to roll my Ls. Any tips?
  6. nickn


    Oct 6, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I've always pronounced it like that (correctly). :ninja:

    It helps that I speak German. :p
  7. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Austrians speak german, but they pronounce it differently than germans.
    I'd pronounce Thomastik just as it is written.
    a short 'i' and no english 'th' sound.
    Basically 'tomastik'.

    How does one roll an 'L'?
    As to the rolled 'R': It depends on where in Germany you are.
  8. +1 that is how I've been saying it.
  9. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Inactive

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    I'm an ignorant proud American. I pronounce it two ways:
    1) Tom-Us-stick in-feld
    2) To-ex-Pen-Sive For-Me
  10. JaamE

    JaamE Owner of the GK Angry Bird amp

    Apr 13, 2011
    Olympia, WA
    it's D'Addario I cant pronounce, although i would pronounce that Thomas-Stick unless i had heard it in German first. If i read words i assume they're English unless i know they're not.

    I can roll a German R but not a Spanish R... and i have the darndest time with the Spanish ny sound (the N with the wiggle over it) and the rolled LL sound. I can make the rolled LL sound, although poorly but my brain needs to be forced to do it when reading it. I refused to ask for the bathroom in Puerto Rico because i knew I could not make that N sound right and people would snicker.
    The perils of not having learned a second language until high school!
  11. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    I've been saying toe-mass-tick :p
  12. paparoof


    Apr 27, 2011
    fEARful koolaid drinker
    I pronounce it like this: "T-I"

  13. Turock


    Apr 30, 2000
    You say potato and I say potahto,
    You say Toe-MOSS-teek and I say TAH-miss-tick;
    Potato, potahto, Toe-MOSS-teek, TAH-mis-stick!
    Let's call the whole thing off!
  14. Wade10987


    Sep 27, 2011
    Tampa, FL
    Maybe "roll" isnt the right word to use, but they stretch it with a little more flair.
  15. Thomas-stick Inn-feld. Nothing difficult about it.
  16. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    On our local news cable channel, we have an anchor by the name of Ybeth Bruzual, and she speaks English like a midwestern American except when she says "Bruzual," then she lapses into a heavy Spanish accent. It sounds so jarring and put-on. That's exactly how I would feel if I heard someone say "Too MOSS teek" if they didn't already speak with a German accent.
  17. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    noooo clue what you mean :).

    No clue at all.
  18. lmfreeman9


    Sep 1, 2007
    I use TI flats and I let them do the talking.

    They are much more articulate.