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Glocker08
07-19-2009, 11:32
I always pronounce it "Syga" because I figure thats how its said in Russian.Of course to look at it from an English perspective, it looks like it should be pronounced "Sayga". So,how do you guys say it ?

There is probably no one right answer to this question,but..... I guess its a "you say tomato,I say tomotto,you say potato,I say patotto" kind of thing. :supergrin:

DaGroaner
07-19-2009, 13:23
It is pronounced Syga.

cadillacguns
07-19-2009, 13:48
Say-Gah

MrMurphy
07-19-2009, 14:09
Sigh-gah

demusn79
07-19-2009, 19:01
Say-Gah

That's how I pronounce it.

humanguerrilla
07-19-2009, 19:37
SAI-gah
1:28+ Izhmash vid
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoDiVAMBC0Q

САЙГА, АЙ is close to "eye"

I've heard people try to pronounce it all kinds of stupid ways though. "Sicka" is probably the funniest.

Bilbo Bagins
07-20-2009, 08:40
Say-Gah

I pronouce it the same as the video game company, Saga

DaGroaner
07-20-2009, 08:48
I guess it depends on whether you're an American or a Brit...

http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/saiga

cysoto
07-20-2009, 08:58
I guess it depends on whether you're an American or a Brit...
This guy doesn't appear to be "Brit" and he also pronounces it the same way as the narrator in the above video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUe4NWiOq5A&feature=related

FireForged
07-20-2009, 10:05
Just pronounce it in the most screwed up way possible, people will automatically assume that you are smarter than they are........

DaGroaner
07-20-2009, 12:57
This guy doesn't appear to be "Brit" and he also pronounces it the same way as the narrator in the above video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUe4NWiOq5A&feature=related

Well the pronunciation is about the only thing those particular morons get right. Alliance sucks ass.

Glockdude1
07-20-2009, 13:17
Sega!!!

:supergrin:

humanguerrilla
07-20-2009, 23:23
Sega!!!

:supergrin:

Yes, I was wondering how much you'd charge to convert my...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fr6ZxH2ySm0?

theanimal
07-22-2009, 12:30
S-eye-ay-jee-ay

Im pretty sure this is how its said. :whistling:

CentralMsGunFan
07-22-2009, 16:51
I pronouce it the same as the video game company, Saga

wut i was thinkin

DD26
08-12-2009, 21:55
Sai - as pronounced in "Saigon" - rhymes with "fly"

ga - pronounced as "guh" - rhymes with "the"

There's a vid somewhere, with Russians pronouncing it that way.

Capt Obvious
08-13-2009, 00:10
Sigh - Guh

lilc
08-17-2009, 13:34
Sai - as pronounced in "Saigon" - rhymes with "fly"

ga - pronounced as "guh" - rhymes with "the"

There's a vid somewhere, with Russians pronouncing it that way.This is correct, pronounced with what would be equivalent to a long "I" sound in English, as in "sigh" and "sign". The name of the gun is pronounced like the name of the weird little antelope for which it is named, not like the name of the video game system.

http://modernizedcaveman.com/pics/Saiga.jpg

oldgraygeek
08-17-2009, 17:32
My wife is Russian, and we have a Saiga.
She pronounces it with three syllables: seye-EE-ga.

robert91922
08-19-2009, 13:45
This is correct, pronounced with what would be equivalent to a long "I" sound in English, as in "sigh" and "sign". The name of the gun is pronounced like the name of the weird little antelope for which it is named, not like the name of the video game system.

http://modernizedcaveman.com/pics/Saiga.jpg
Sai - as pronounced in "Saigon" - rhymes with "fly"

ga - pronounced as "guh" - rhymes with "the"


CORRECT!
:wavey: from Slovenia

toshbar
02-11-2010, 21:43
My wife is Russian, and we have a Saiga.
She pronounces it with three syllables: seye-EE-ga.
Post 4 in this thread explains why. http://forum.saiga-12.com/index.php?showtopic=19241

FireForged
02-12-2010, 06:27
where in the heck did this old thread come from?

TedG954
02-12-2010, 06:55
Sigh-gah


This is the proper way to say it. Just like Saigon.

Glocker08
02-12-2010, 09:07
where in the heck did this old thread come from?

I was wondering the same thing, and I'm the OP. :supergrin:

Novocaine
02-12-2010, 13:52
Since the thread had resurfaced. Until the carbine came along the animal in Russian was always referred to as Saigak (female is called Saiga). For instance, the antelope in the lilc's pic above is male, Saigak. Rhymes with "sigh" "duck". Remove “k” from duck: that’s how you pronounce Saiga.

The animal is not really associated with Russia, more with Kazakhstan. Kirgizstan, perhaps- those areas.

There is no third –EE- syllable in the middle.

Kinda puzzling why Izhmash went with Saiga as at the time most people in Russia haven’t even heard of a word. At best you would get “It’s Saigak, dumbass. WTF is Saiga?”. Also the carbine’s name is supposed to refer to a semi-exotic game and it was the male that was mostly hunted/ poached.

Izhmash likes to call their commercial firearms after predators or prized game. And every single name is that of a male specimen. Except for Saiga. It’s like as if Taurus would call its revolver Raging Heifer. :)

sputnik767
02-12-2010, 19:07
SAI-gah
1:28+ Izhmash vid
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoDiVAMBC0Q

САЙГА, АЙ is close to "eye"

I've heard people try to pronounce it all kinds of stupid ways though. "Sicka" is probably the funniest.

Bingo. That is the correct spelling and pronunciation. Now, if we could only teach people to say Makarov correctly :whistling: