The “correct” pronunciation of BMW

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BMW is a brand name that trips readily off the tongues of people from all over the world – but how do you say it in the original language, German? Read on to find out how BMW is pronounced “correctly”.

5 March 2020

BMW is the acronym everyone uses to describe the world-renowned car brand. The full name, Bayerische Motoren Werke – or Bavarian Motor Works – is a bit of a mouthful after all (➜ Read more: The BMW name and its history).

And, as the above would indicate, it is German – Bavaria is a state in the south of Germany – the initials just happen to be the same in English. But even acronyms can be pronounced in a wildly different way, depending on what language you speak or even what accent you have. Ever thought about what the German pronunciation sounds like, or how to say BMW “correctly”?

Find out in the video below how to say BMW as the Germans do.

This is what BMW sounds like in German

Hear BMW pronounced in different languages in the videos below.

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This is what BMW sounds like in French

This is what BMW sounds like in Chinese

This is what BMW sounds like in Turkish

This is what BMW sounds like in Spanish

This is what BMW sounds like in Italian

This is what BMW sounds like in Dutch

Author: Nina Kleine-Vogelpoth; Video: Philipp Roth, Anian Krone; Make-up: Anna Noé