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#1 Offline Zarohum

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Posted Oct 16 2011 - 12:31 AM

So, how do you say Lewa? The official way is LAY-wah, but Greg says LEE-wah, and the old commercial narrator says LOO-wah. How do you say it?
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Posted Oct 16 2011 - 12:36 AM

I pronounce it "LAY-wah", but I thought that was how Greg pronounced it.
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Posted Oct 16 2011 - 12:48 AM

I pronounce it LEE-wah. Sounds better than the official pronunciation IMO.
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Posted Oct 16 2011 - 12:55 AM

User to be "lee," now "lay." Gotta go with the official. But really, anything is better than "lou."
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Posted Oct 16 2011 - 12:59 AM

I used to say "lee" -wa but now, for the sake of hopping on the bandwagon, I've trained myself to only call him "lay" -wa. I liked "lee" -wa better though...
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Posted Oct 16 2011 - 01:06 AM

The Green One With The Axe/ðə 'ɡriːn wʌn wɪð ði 'æks/

Edited by Emkay, Oct 16 2011 - 01:11 AM.

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Posted Oct 16 2011 - 01:10 AM

Lewa it is for me. I also like that better. I also pronounce Vezon as VEH-ZON, where as Greg uses VEY-ZON. I like my way betterbut then thats comming from a guy who pronounced Turaga as TAH-GUR-RAH for 2 years because i thought it was a weird word and i never gave it a second look.. untill i did, and found it was a better pronunciation (and correct spelling).
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Posted Oct 16 2011 - 01:52 AM

Lewa it is for me. I also like that better. I also pronounce Vezon as VEH-ZON, where as Greg uses VEY-ZON. I like my way betterbut then thats comming from a guy who pronounced Turaga as TAH-GUR-RAH for 2 years because i thought it was a weird word and i never gave it a second look.. untill i did, and found it was a better pronunciation (and correct spelling).

You didn't really say how you pronounce it, you just said "Lewa" Well, it's VEH-zok and VEE-zon, which makes no sense since they're twins. Kinda.

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Posted Oct 16 2011 - 03:27 AM

Oh, I have this thing where i think ahead of myself, and often leave parts out (its very hard to explain exactly what happens). But i meant to insert "LEE-WAH"
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Posted Oct 16 2011 - 12:21 PM

Lee-Wah is the way. Lay-wah sounds stupid.

Edited by -Knight Rider2000-, Oct 16 2011 - 12:22 PM.

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Posted Oct 16 2011 - 01:09 PM

I managed to get into the habit of pronouncing his name the official way, but I used to say LEE-wuh.
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Posted Oct 16 2011 - 01:14 PM

I used to pronounce it as LEE-wah, but when I found out that LAY-wah was the official pronounciation, I started saying it that way instead. You know, I'm actually kinda happy with how well that worked for me. After years of saying it one way, I was able to change that without too much difficulty. :P
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Posted Oct 16 2011 - 06:40 PM

Well, since I don't feel so alone, I'll say this. I say it LAY-wah, even though it sounds worse. I'm gonna try to make myself say Lewa, just because it sounds cooler. I tried breaking myself of the habit months ago, but was never successful.
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Posted Oct 16 2011 - 06:45 PM

LEE-wah Always has been, always will be. -Skar
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Posted Oct 17 2011 - 04:53 PM

LEE-wa, corresponds with Le-Koro/Wahi. Also the spelling, if it was supposed to be LAY-wa from the begining, they should have spelled it "Leywah". Also that's how it's pronounced in MoL, so it was canon until a few years ago.
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Posted Oct 17 2011 - 04:55 PM

It's always been LEE-wah for me. I doubt that will change.
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Posted Oct 17 2011 - 05:16 PM

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Posted Oct 17 2011 - 05:52 PM

LEE-wah.
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Posted Oct 18 2011 - 09:46 PM

"LEY-wa". Mostly like the first one, but with a slightly different accentuation on the first syllable. "LEE-wa" just sounds dumb to me =P
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Posted Oct 18 2011 - 10:10 PM

I'm used to saying "Lee-wah". but that's just how I pronounce it :P
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Posted Oct 18 2011 - 10:18 PM

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Posted Oct 18 2011 - 10:21 PM

LEE-wa, corresponds with Le-Koro/Wahi.

No, those are LAY-CORE-oh and LAY-WAH-hee too. The only exception I can think of is Lehrahk, and even that might be LAY.

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Posted Oct 18 2011 - 10:27 PM

Lee-wah
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Posted Oct 18 2011 - 10:28 PM

the only time ive ever used LAY is LAY-matoran.
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Posted Oct 19 2011 - 03:06 AM

I used to think it was La-Wa.Now I say LAY-Wa.I voted Other.
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Posted Oct 19 2011 - 04:28 AM

LOO-wahAlways have always will
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Posted Oct 19 2011 - 05:24 AM

Always said LAY. Just sounds more mystical and Bionicle-y to me.
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Posted Oct 19 2011 - 06:55 AM

LEE- wah. I've been saying it like that forever, even after I saw the Mask Of Light movie.
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Posted Oct 19 2011 - 02:54 PM

I pronounce it Lee-wah.
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Posted Oct 19 2011 - 03:34 PM

I cast my vote for "LAY-wah," as it is the "official" pronunciation given by BS01. Further, I prefer 'le.wɑ to 'lei.wɑ but have no idea which would be considered more "correct" (although the use of the letter "Y" in this method of transcribing the pronunciation implies that the diphthong is preferred).Also, LAY-rahk seems to be the correct pronunciation, according to BS01 again.~ BioGio
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Posted Oct 19 2011 - 04:48 PM

Lay-wah for me. The promo CD that came with my Kopaka set pronounced it like that, so I did too. :P
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Posted Oct 20 2011 - 06:15 AM

I'd go for 'Lee-wuh'. I just can't read an 'e' as an 'ay' sound. Strangely enough, in Bionicle's earliest days, I remember pronouncing it as 'Leh-wuh' (the first sound resembling the word 'let'). I don't remember exactly when I changed to the above.
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Posted Oct 20 2011 - 08:12 AM

LAY-wah

I just can't read an 'e' as an 'ay' sound.

Unless you're Dutch, then it comes naturally. :P

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Posted Oct 20 2011 - 02:36 PM

I cast my vote for "LAY-wah," as it is the "official" pronunciation given by BS01. Further, I prefer 'le.wɑ to 'lei.wɑ but have no idea which would be considered more "correct" (although the use of the letter "Y" in this method of transcribing the pronunciation implies that the diphthong is preferred). Also, LAY-rahk seems to be the correct pronunciation, according to BS01 again. ~ BioGio

With Lerahk, Lehvak, and all derivatives of "Le-" referring to the element of air are officially "lay." Funny story, when I first got into BIONICLE, I said "leaf-wa." Then Mask of Light came out, and I started saying "lee," but it's "lay" now. :)

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Posted Oct 20 2011 - 04:34 PM

LAY-wah

I just can't read an 'e' as an 'ay' sound.

Unless you're Dutch, then it comes naturally. :P

Or speek Spanish, German, or, really quite a few other languages. :P

With Lerahk, Lehvak, and all derivatives of "Le-" referring to the element of air are officially "lay."

I was actually responding to a post higher up, FTR. Also, technically neither Lehrakh nor Lehvak refer to the Element of Air, but rather to poison and acid, respectively--which I'm certain is what caused some of the confusion. ~ BioGio

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Posted Oct 20 2011 - 04:52 PM

LAY-wah

I just can't read an 'e' as an 'ay' sound.

Unless you're Dutch, then it comes naturally. :P

Or speek Spanish, German, or, really quite a few other languages. :P

With Lerahk, Lehvak, and all derivatives of "Le-" referring to the element of air are officially "lay."

I was actually responding to a post higher up, FTR. Also, technically neither Lehrakh nor Lehvak refer to the Element of Air, but rather to poison and acid, respectively--which I'm certain is what caused some of the confusion. ~ BioGio

I'm aware, which is why I mentioned them separately.

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Posted Oct 20 2011 - 08:16 PM

LEE-wa. I say everything with the "le" prefix in BIONICLE like that.Plus, he is called that in MOL if I remember correctly, so that should be canon. -ibrow
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Posted Oct 23 2011 - 11:52 AM

Lee-Wah is the way. Lay-wah sounds stupid.

Precisely. I, for one, pro-nounce everything with the 'Le' pre-fix like that as well. One was surprised to find that LAY-wah was official.

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Posted Oct 27 2011 - 06:40 PM

I usually say made up words how they are spelled. In this case I say Lewa Loo-Ah. It sounds best imo, and after so many years, I could never change it. This word is actually older in my head than a lot of the rest of my vocabulary. I knew this word to be Loo-Ah before I knew the word vocabulary, even. After I found out that the canon people had their own official way that differed from mine, I didn't give a Fikou with a bicorn pirate hat. Most of Bionicle is altered in my mind anyways, if it wasn't I wouldn't even like it being the incomplete storyline that it is. I was horrified to find that Hau is HOW though. To me it will always be Hah Oo.
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Posted Oct 28 2011 - 03:38 PM

Nononononono dudes.I usually only say it out loud to explain it to some geeky fool who had just gotten into Lego and BIONICLE in particular.So I say it in accordance with Lithuanian spelling rules. Leh-wah. ... No but seriously in my head I pronounce it LOO-wah-Dovydas
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