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Old 01-31-10, 05:12
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I've always wondered about this, but haven't been able to find an answer.

Why is it called Team "Katusha", but the jerseys read "Katiowa"?

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Old 01-31-10, 05:27
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The Russians use a different Alphabet.
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I read this thread title, and for one moment, one sady fleeting moment, I thought "this might be my chance to do the Tour de France".
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Old 01-31-10, 10:38
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I've always wondered about this, but haven't been able to find an answer.

Why is it called Team "Katusha", but the jerseys read "Katiowa"?

Thanks.
As 53x11 said, the russians use the Cyrillic alphabet, not the Latin alphabet

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Old 01-31-10, 12:49
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The team name is the -incorrect- transliteration of Катюша, which is the name you see on their jerseys. It's a Second World War rocket launcher.
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Old 01-31-10, 12:57
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The team name is the -incorrect- transliteration of Катюша, which is the name you see on their jerseys. It's a Second World War rocket launcher.
Actually it's an old traditional russian song. The rocket launcher was also named after it. It's best translated as "Kathy" (it's short for Katerina). So, yes there's a ProTour team named Kathy
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Old 01-31-10, 14:29
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Actually it's an old traditional russian song.
I know, but I like the idea of them naming their team after a rocket launcher. I was hoping Armstrong would respond with Team U-Bomb, but alas, Radio Shack it is.
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Old 01-31-10, 14:38
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The accepted English pronunciation is 'Ka-too-sha', but Slavic speakers pronounce it as 'Kat-your-sha'.
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The accepted English pronunciation is 'Ka-too-sha', but Slavic speakers pronounce it as 'Kat-your-sha'.
Here is the song "Katyusha".

No, we do not pronounce it like that

Check Forvo or other similar websites to find out how to pronounce it correctly.
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Old 01-31-10, 15:38
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No, we do not pronounce it like that
Of the languages I know, english uses by far the least sounds. It's impossible to tell an english-speaker through writing how most names in most languages are pronounced because there's simply no equivalent for a lot of sounds.

Not the case with this particular word, but what I'm saying is...have some compassion for the anglophones

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