Globally, IKEA is well-known as THE store to go to for stylish, affordable furniture.
But despite its popularity, people everywhere are still saying its name all wrong.
English speakers tend to pronounce the company name as “AYE-kee-yah”, while the Japanese seem to prefer the term “Ik-kyah”. If a Swedish person were to hear us pronouncing IKEA the way we do, they’d probably be slightly confused as first.
Here’s why: Founded by Swedish founder Ingvar Kamprad, the name as pronounced by the Swedes, is as follows: “Eee-KEH-yah”.
Given how we rarely do the IKEA name justice, can you imagine all the endless ways we’re probably butchering the names of the products it sells?
Let us count the top 10 ways….and how to get them right:
The correct way to pronounce the EKET series at IKEA, which is their storage series, is “Hee-yeah-cat”, said quickly.
If saying this makes you sound like a cowboy teaching your kitty how to do cool tricks, so be it (makes it easier to remember too).
It may be tempting to think otherwise, but the ‘n’ in HEMNES is not meant to be heard…at all.
This is how it’s said: “Hems” with a silent ‘n’.
Contrary to popular opinion, “Fry-he-ten” is not how you pronounce the name of this sofa series from IKEA.
What it should be, is “Free-heh-thun”. with the last syllable pronounced the way you would say the last syllable in the name Jonathan.
Another sofa series from IKEA, which phonetically, would be said as “No-parp”.
The correct way to say this is actually “Snow-par”. We know, we know — we were surprised with this one too.
This should be an easy name to say, right?
After all, its spelling makes it pretty obvious that “hassle-bye” is how you say it.
But as our non-Swedish luck would have it, “Hassle-bee” is what it should actually sound like.
Not as hassle-free as one would imagine, this one.
Surely this should be pronounced “Kee-week”?
No such luck. The Swedes actually say “snee-week”.
The more you know!
It may look like someone accidentally added an A to “pong”, but we assure that the spelling of this name was no accident.
So how do you say it then?
It is actually made of two syllables, and Poang is pronounced “Poe-ang”, with “ang” as in anger. Try as we might, we can’t find a legit reason to get angry at our favourite wooden armchair, though.
Fun fact: The Poang line of wooden armchairs from IKEA have been in production since 1978 and about 1.5 million chairs are sold annually. In fact, you can get yourself one here.
Wait, what now?
And just in case you were wondering, no, this is not a two-syllable word with a silent Y.
Instead, how you say it is this: “Yee-per-lig”.
YPPERLIG is a collaboration between IKEA and Danish company HAY, which creates furniture using sophisticated industrial manufacturing. How you say the name may be confusing, but we would say “yes” to having a YPPERLIG (or several) in our homes any time.
The most common way people would say this is to pronounce it as though the name Malcolm was missing the “col” bit, like “Mal-mm.”
But surprise, surprise: It’s actually a three-syllable word that one would say as “Ma-lee-mer”
Just like you, we’re still scratching our heads over how this one has 4 alphabets but 3 syllables, too.
There is nothing lacking in the way you would normally pronounce the word LACK. At IKEA, however, you’d be falling short plenty.
Why? Because LACK is actually pronounced “Lark-ke”, with a soft emphasis on “ke”.
We’re sure there are plenty of other names at IKEA that we’re getting wrong, but hey, a rose by any other name still smells just as sweet.
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