4. How to pronounce Nissan
How to say Nissan in English? Pronunciation of Nissan with 9 audio pronunciations, 2 synonyms, 2 meanings, 7 translations, 22 sentences and more for Nissan.
Of all the Japanese automakers, aside from those based on their founder’s names, the meaning of “Nissan” is perhaps the simplest of them all. The kanji 日 “ni” means “sun,” which also happens to be the first character in Nihon 日本 “Japan,” which is why we refer to Japan as the land of the rising sun.
The second kanji 産“san” means “production.” A little creative contraction, and the Japanese pronunciation “ni-san” literally means “made in Japan.”
Mazda Motor Corporation is also based somewhat on a founder’s name, Jujiro Matsuda. The name “Matsuda” literally translates to “field of pines.” When the name was translated to English however, they chose the spelling “Mazda,” which was inspired by the Zoroastrian god of light and wisdom, Ahura Mazda.
Here’s where it gets interesting, though. Mazda, pronounced “Mahz-duh” in English, is also written “Mazda” on corporate logos, letterhead, and signs, but the Japanese don’t pronounce “Mahz-da.” Instead, they use the founder’s name “mat-su-da” in any conversation regarding the company.
We hope that you enjoyed this little lesson in Japanese. How about a short video, originally posted by Mighty Car Mods, of an actual native-Japanese-speaking person showing us how it’s done?
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