How do you pronounce "Ghidorah"?

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How do you pronounce "Ghidorah"?

GHEE-dur-uh (Other American dubs)
Gih-DOOR-uh (All international dubs)
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How do you pronounce "Ghidorah"?

Postby Terasawa » Sat Apr 20, 2013 6:01 pm

Forgive me if this has already been done. I couldn't find a similar thread after a quick search, but it's very possible I've missed one. After all, I think it's odd that this apparently hasn't come up before.

I was inspired by the "How do you pronounce 'Biollante'" thread. However, I think there's a greater chance for discussion here since there are at least three different pronunciations in various films.

"GHEE-drah" is the original American name, of course. I like it, and as a kid I'd alternate between this one and the next.

"GHEE-dur-uh" is the closest to the Japanese (GHEE-doe-rah) and was used in the US dubs for MONSTER ZERO and DESTROY ALL MONSTERS. This is how I say it, mostly because it's the way I've heard it for nearly twenty years.

"Gih-DOOR-uh" is probably the most prevalent, but I think it sounds dumb. I'm not sure if this is Toho's official pronunciation (or if they even care), but it's interesting that this is the one that's been used in every single international dub.
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Re: How do you pronounce "Ghidorah"?

Postby Mincecraft » Sat Apr 20, 2013 6:05 pm

If the second or third one covers "ghee-dor-ah", that's me.
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Re: How do you pronounce "Ghidorah"?

Postby JAGzilla » Sat Apr 20, 2013 6:36 pm

The third option. While I think 'Ghi-druh' sounds a bit more alien and sinister somehow, I've been hearing/using 'Ghi-DOOR-uh' too long to stop now.
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Re: How do you pronounce "Ghidorah"?

Postby Breakdown » Sat Apr 20, 2013 6:53 pm

I pronounce it as Ghi-DOOR-Ah.
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Re: How do you pronounce "Ghidorah"?

Postby Rody » Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:29 pm

When I was little, I said "GHEE-drah". After I saw GvsKG'91, I started saying "Ghee-DOOR-ah". Now I switch between that and "GHEE-dur-ah".


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Re: How do you pronounce "Ghidorah"?

Postby Mr. X » Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:46 pm

For the past few years I've pronounced it "Gih-DOOR-uh". Before that, though, I pronounced it "GHEE-drah".
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Re: How do you pronounce "Ghidorah"?

Postby Godzilla1703 » Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:29 pm

Mr. X wrote:For the past few years I've pronounced it "Gih-DOOR-uh". Before that, though, I pronounced it "GHEE-drah".

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Re: How do you pronounce "Ghidorah"?

Postby Megalon7 » Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:51 pm

I pronounced it "Gheedrah" when I was a kid. I still say it like that when saying the title "Ghidrah, the three headed monster", though I say Ghi-door-ah when mentioning titles such as GvKG and GMK. Other than that, I just switch between the three pronunciations.
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Re: How do you pronounce "Ghidorah"?

Postby Shadow » Sat Apr 20, 2013 11:22 pm

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Re: How do you pronounce "Ghidorah"?

Postby Kaiju-King42 » Sat Apr 20, 2013 11:50 pm

Ghid-door-ah for me. As a kid I called him Monster Zero, as that was my only exposure to the monster other than a brief stock footage sequence in TOMG. Started calling him Ghidorah after DAMM came out.

"Gheedrah" always just sounded silly to me.
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Re: How do you pronounce "Ghidorah"?

Postby Starsteam » Sun Apr 21, 2013 5:42 am

King Ghi-door-rah pretty much. Although sometimes I call the showa one Ghee-drah.
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Re: How do you pronounce "Ghidorah"?

Postby PRIMEVAL » Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:09 am

I prefer the first and 2nd pronunciations.


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Re: How do you pronounce "Ghidorah"?

Postby GodzillaDude » Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:32 am

I've been using the pronunciation Gih-DOOR-uh for the whole time I've been a fan, which is since Kindergarten.
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Re: How do you pronounce "Ghidorah"?

Postby Beef Bigshot » Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:57 am

Well as a kid a pronounced it like the first one. My brother still says it like that. IMO it suits the character more. Now a days I say it like in the heisei series but I still refer to the Showa one as geedra. I've also heard something like ghid-rah but that one just sounds weird to me. Honestlty the showa one is geedra and all the rest are ghid-or-ah

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Re: How do you pronounce "Ghidorah"?

Postby Tyrant_Lizard_King » Sun Apr 21, 2013 10:10 am

Some times I use Ghidrah in either reference to the original film or to differentiate it from the Heisei or millennium versions.
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Re: How do you pronounce "Ghidorah"?

Postby Terasawa » Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:51 pm

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Re: How do you pronounce "Ghidorah"?

Postby Godzilla165 » Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:40 pm

I just simply use Ghee-drah for the Showa version only, and Ghidorah for Heisei forward.

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Re: How do you pronounce "Ghidorah"?

Postby eabaker » Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:46 pm

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Re: How do you pronounce "Ghidorah"?

Postby o.supreme » Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:48 pm

I think it should be pronounced the way the man in the soundcar says it in the GTTHM english dub ;)
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Re: How do you pronounce "Ghidorah"?

Postby Tamura » Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:07 pm

Ghi (as in "gift") - druh.
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