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All of these Giulia reviews show something that has long irritated me, the mispronunciation of the Company's name. The correct way to say the name is not "Alfa Ro-may-oh", though that is almost universal in the UK and US, but as far as I can tell, almost nowhere else in the World, Romeo should sound like the same word in the play, Romeo & Juliet.


I first learned this from the Principal of an Alfa dealer in Switzerland, I'd called in to have my 159 headlamp beams re-set, after a French woman window shopper had nudged me into the back of the car I was following in a traffic queue. He corrected me and had me repeating it over and over the proper way. A quick run through Italian Alfa videos on YouTube shows that in Italy everyone pronounces the word in the Romeo & Juliet way, so when did we start saying it wrongly? The only possible variation is a slight emphasis on the E, as in Ro-me-oh. Apologies for the thread diversion, apart from this, they're good, mostly positive, assessments.
 

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Personally not too bothered about the pronunciation, but hey, I am impressed with the reviews.

Having driven Alfas since 1988, with just a couple of departures into Ahem, BMW, when I couldn't persuade the company fleet manager into getting me a 166, and most recently a fabulous Maserati Ghibli, when Alfa weren't building a car that suited me, I have never read such positive reviews.

I now wait delivery of my Giulia Veloce with a few K of added goodies with real anticipation.

Forza Alfa Romeo!
 

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the comment underneath giuliaRob's YouTube link basically sums that video up, lol, we arent worried how the Americans pronounce it, however that is what is easiest for them, so ... let em pronounce it however they want, as long as they keep buying them lol

technically, all these links so far (except the one with the incorrect pronunciation) demonstrate a good effort of the correct Italian pronunciation ... ro (not row) me (as in meh) o (as in oz) alfa ro-meh-o, its not a variation its the way we pronounce it, if youre after the correct way to pronounce it,

trust me, im an Italian doctor ;-)


all one word, pronounced quickly, no pause between Alfa and Romeo, just like the car on the track ... quick and rolling along and no pausing
 

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the comment underneath giuliaRob's YouTube link basically sums that video up, lol, we arent worried how the Americans pronounce it, however that is what is easiest for them, so ... let em pronouce it however they want, as long as they keep buying them lol

technically, all these links so far (except the one with the incorrect pronunciation) demonstrate a good effort of the correct Italian pronunciation ... rom-e-o, its not a variation its the way we pronounce it

trust me, im an Italian doctor ;-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gqzQqB-4kE

all one word, pronounced quickly, no pause between Alfa and Romeo, just like the car on the track ... quick and rolling along and no pausing
Even further off-topic, but the French woman who shoved me into the car in front cracked my 159's rear bumper and deranged the frontal bumper and lights assembly slightly. The cost to her insurance company? A little over £2000, probably more than her horrible little French car was worth. My UK insurers paid up straight away and eventually got my no claims back, but they were still trying to get the money off the French company a year later. They told me that they were the worst nation in the World to deal with.

Brexit!!!
 

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Even further off-topic, but the French woman who shoved me into the car in front cracked my 159's rear bumper and deranged the frontal bumper and lights assembly slightly. The cost to her insurance company? A little over £2000, probably more than her horrible little French car was worth. My UK insurers paid up straight away and eventually got my no claims back, but they were still trying to get the money off the French company a year later. They told me that they were the worst nation in the World to deal with.

Brexit!!!
They'll still be your nearest neighbors after Brexit. And the fact that you are still in the EU makes it easier to deal with them. Oh and you assume that UK companies are easy to deal with, they're not!!!
 

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