How do you pronounce Miele?

This might seem a little frivolous for consumer advice but many people do care about pronouncing a name correctly and worry about appearing foolish if they get it wrong. For years I always pronounced it, “mealy” and so did everyone else in my neck of the woods. As I do prefer to get names right I always worried I could be showing my ignorance by mispronouncing it.

Eventually I sent an email to Miele. The reply advised it is pronounced, “meal-a”. Unfortunately the quality of this information didn’t live up to the high standards I expect from Miele because the letter “a” can of course be pronounced as it is in, “apple” or as in, “ape”. For a while I adopted, “Mealay” which is undoubtedly posher, but eventually I discovered the correct way to pronounce Miele (at least by Miele themselves in the UK) is, “meal-a” as in apple.

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  1. avatarRichmal says

    thank goodness for that! now I can go buy A Meal-a (as in apple) AKA Miele Cat & Dog Vacuum without having panic attack,
    thanks for that!

  2. avatarTim says

    At work, I sell spare parts for theese appliances in a call centre, miele is pronounced “me-lay” it’s funny what people ask for onoccasion over the phone such as “me-elle” and “me-lee” ah well. It’s all fun!

  3. avatarMiele Vacuum says

    I bought the Miele Vacuum about four years ago and still think it was the best purchase decision I’ve ever made.And till date I am not sure how to pronounce it :)

  4. avatarError Codes says

    I service Miele appliances here in the US. I purchased a used Miele washer, and it’s proven to be a work horse. It’s funny to hear it pronounced wrong.

  5. avatar says

    Hi Adrian: The video only shows how two people pronounce it in French, and they both pronounce it differently. The interviewer pronounces it Miele meal-A (as in apple) but the bloke being interviewed (presumably from Miele in France) pronounces it meal-eh (30 secs in). The people working for Miele in the UK told me it’s Miele-a as in apple. Clearly the mystery continues ;-)

  6. avatarIGotIt says

    Hi, live in Germany (I am not german) and I just found this article today. So the answer is:

    1) First, break the word in two: “Mie” “le”

    2) Pronounce “Mie” just saying a long “me”. In german e+i= a long english “e”

    3) Complete saying “le” this way “leh” (NOT “lay”).

    4) Miele = mee-leh (putting more emphasis on “mee”)

  7. avatar says

    Thanks IGotIT. From what I’ve gathered it’s pronounced differently even by Miele themselves depending on which country they are in :)

  8. avatarIGotIt says

    Sure, It will be pronounced differently in several countries because (or perhaps) they don´t have germans working there ;-)

    But in Germany, where the brand comes from, will be pronounced the way I explained.

    Something similar happens here with words like “Apple” and “Pall Mall” they (germans) insist to pronounce them “eppel” and “pel mel” ;-)

  9. avatar#1WASHEr says

    Just saw this today and thanks IgotIT, i got it.
    Its actually really simple and funny also. Its pronounced pretty much like – A WASHER without the -r. Wash-uh.
    1. Long German “Mie” as in i+e = long “ee”
    2. French “le” as in french for “the”.
    And taking the pun – I fery much like Zie Cherman washuh fon Meee-luh.