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Kawai means cute and adorable
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So kawai piano means cute and quiet.
Makes you think.

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No, you're thinking of Kawaii. Kawai is just a name, like Yamaha is just a name.


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Cuh-Why = Kawai.

Cuh-Why-E = Kawaii.


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Thanks!
Sounds like cute-ee 😊

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What about KY? What does that mean?

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Originally Posted by MacMacMac
What about KY? What does that mean?

It means you have>>>>>>>>>>> a oh never mind no political jokes allowed smile


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No, Kawai is somebody's last name and pronounced differently. It has only two syllables.
Cute in Japanese is three syllables" ka wah ee ee and uses a different character tp write it


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But was he cute?

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How do you know it wasn't SHE??

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It was a he. His name was Koichi Kawai, founder of Kawai Pianos.

https://kawaius.com/company/koichi-kawai/

Cute = kawaii = ka wa i i = 4 syllables
Kawai (piano name) = ka wa i = 3 syllables

See here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Rab701Y44g

So yes, Westerners pronounce Kawai (piano) incorrectly when they pronounce it with only 2 syllables, but that seems to be the accepted English pronunciation.

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Would does Hawaii mean then? That might conjure up very cute and adorable images . . .


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Originally Posted by WeakLeftHand
It was a he. His name was Koichi Kawai, founder of Kawai Pianos.

https://kawaius.com/company/koichi-kawai/

Cute = kawaii = ka wa i i = 4 syllables
Kawai (piano name) = ka wa i = 3 syllables

See here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Rab701Y44g

So yes, Westerners pronounce Kawai (piano) incorrectly when they pronounce it with only 2 syllables, but that seems to be the accepted English pronunciation.

I have to say Kuh-Why-E-E??!?!?


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Originally Posted by joemama42O
I have to say Kuh-Why-E-E??!?!?

I tend to say ka-why-eee (for cute), however I'm far from being a leading authority on Japanese pronunciation.


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