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[VIDEO] ‘Laolao’ or ‘yaoyao’? llaollao M’sia director answers age-old question on TikTok

Settling the debate once and for all.

We all know and love llaollao to be Malaysia’s favorite frozen yoghurt brand, but do you actually know how to pronounce the name correctly?

The debate over how to pronounce this Spanish froyo brand was settled once and for all in a TikTok video posted by @chrismj_.

[video] 'laolao' or 'yaoyao'? Llaollao m'sia director answers age-old question on tiktok | weirdkaya
Screencap via TikTok @chrismj_.

In the video, Chris posed the question to llaollao Malaysia director Tan Kai Young, where he asked how llaollao should be pronounced.

[video] 'laolao' or 'yaoyao'? Llaollao m'sia director answers age-old question on tiktok | weirdkaya
Screencap via TikTok @chrismj_.

The answer? Apparently in the Spanish language, the double “l” is to be pronounced with a “y” sound, where the final result is ‘yaoyao’.

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[video] 'laolao' or 'yaoyao'? Llaollao m'sia director answers age-old question on tiktok | weirdkaya
Screencap via TikTok @chrismj_.

Watch the video here:

More important questions unanswered

In the comment section, netizens didn’t quite seem to think that the video had addressed the most burning question, such as why llaollao always runs out of its signature pistachio sauce.

[video] 'laolao' or 'yaoyao'? Llaollao m'sia director answers age-old question on tiktok | weirdkaya
Screencap via TikTok @chrismj_.
[video] 'laolao' or 'yaoyao'? Llaollao m'sia director answers age-old question on tiktok | weirdkaya
Screencap via TikTok @chrismj_.

Some also said that Tan had an uncanny resemblance with South Korean rapper Beenzino.

[video] 'laolao' or 'yaoyao'? Llaollao m'sia director answers age-old question on tiktok | weirdkaya
Screencap via TikTok @chrismj_.

Similar or not, you decide.

[video] 'laolao' or 'yaoyao'? Llaollao m'sia director answers age-old question on tiktok | weirdkaya
Uncanny resemblance, no?

As for those who had been pronouncing llaollao correctly the entire time, they felt that they were finally vindicated by the video.

[video] 'laolao' or 'yaoyao'? Llaollao m'sia director answers age-old question on tiktok | weirdkaya
Screencap via TikTok @chrismj_.
[video] 'laolao' or 'yaoyao'? Llaollao m'sia director answers age-old question on tiktok | weirdkaya
Screencap via TikTok @chrismj_.

Learning how to say your “ll”s

Some other common Spanish words with double l’s that are pronounced with a ‘y’ include:

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  • llave (key) – yave
  • bella (beautiful) – beya
  • amarillo (yellow) – amariyo
  • llegar (to arrive) – yegar
  • llenar (full) – yenar
  • cuchillo (knife) – cuchiyo
  • ella (she) – eya
  • lluvia (rain) – yuvia

So the next time you sing “Bella Ciao” from Money Heist, make sure you sing as “beya ciao” instead!

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Cover image via TikTok @chrismj_ and Daily Snippets of Life.