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how do you pronounce tofu?

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R4roger Wed 27-Aug-14 10:23:43

i pronounce it to rhyme with toffee.

and think perhaps the alternative pronunciation is american?

i used to eat it back in the early 90s btw so I surely know best grin

MrsCakesPrecognition Wed 27-Aug-14 10:24:54


how can a word which ends in "u" rhyme with a word that ends in "ee"?

I pronounce it toe-foo.

But I have never eaten it!

HouseofEliot Wed 27-Aug-14 10:25:25

Only ever heard it pronounced toe fu

beccajoh Wed 27-Aug-14 10:25:36

Toe-foo. No idea if it's right or not, but seeing as I've never eaten it I've not had much call to say it out loud.

Pisghetti Wed 27-Aug-14 10:26:29


It would only end in an "ee" sound if it was a Welsh word wink

juneybean Wed 27-Aug-14 10:27:57


but have heard people say toh-foo

surely 'tofu' to rhyme with 'toffee' is just...'toffee'?

I say toe-foo too!

R4roger Wed 27-Aug-14 10:29:11

toefootoo? grin

that is definitely not right

Same as MrsCakes, can't see how it could be pronounced differently tbh and certainly not to make it rhyme with toffee!

InculKate Wed 27-Aug-14 10:29:27

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Germgirl Wed 27-Aug-14 10:29:50

I think the OP means the first O is a short sound like in Toffee or Top rather than the long O like in Toe.
FWIW I pronounce it Toe-foo but in America it's Tof-oo isn't it?

R4roger Wed 27-Aug-14 10:30:11

either you are all being deliberately obtuse, obviously not the whole word of tofu rhymes with toffee <<shakes head>>

or you are all being amusing grin wink

R4roger Wed 27-Aug-14 10:30:58

oh - perhaps not

Toe foo here as well. Toff oo sounds confused

DoctorLawn Wed 27-Aug-14 10:37:00

Toe-foo for me too

Have heard toff-oo reasonably frequently though.

TalcumPowder Wed 27-Aug-14 10:45:42

Toe-foo. Emphasis on first syllable.

TigerTrumpet Wed 27-Aug-14 10:50:01

I have a friend who pronounces it 'futon'. After 15 years the joke is wearing a bit thin.

CocktailSausage Wed 27-Aug-14 10:50:58

It is Toe-foo. Don't really think it matters as it's a Chinese word and the proper pronunciation is Dow - foo In other east/southeast Asian countries it's again a different pronunciation ie tow-hoo in Thai. wink

Topaz25 Wed 27-Aug-14 10:51:04

I used to pronounce it toff-oo then heard everyone saying toe-fu and joined the club!

LatteLoverLovesLattes Wed 27-Aug-14 10:56:02


OP - no idea what you are on about grin

RabbitOfNegativeEuphoria Wed 27-Aug-14 10:56:58

I've been a vegan for 31 years. Back in the day, the 'usual' pronunciation was Toff-oo (when you could only get it from specialist shops, there were no mass produced supermarket friendly brands like cauldron etc). In the US it's always been Toe-Foo (it's been mainstream there for decades, I remember being amazed at how much tofu stuff there was in supermarkets there back in the 80s). These days, now it's a mainstream product, a lot more people pronounce it toe-foo. But those of us who are, basically, old, still tend to say toff-oo (and so do our kids).

amert Wed 27-Aug-14 10:58:49

toe foo

I do remember toff-oo though

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 27-Aug-14 10:59:23

Toff-oo Like rabbit my parents were feeding me it from well before it was fashionable.

Are you welsh? In English surely a u is never pronounced e? ( currently have this problem teaching dd to read English- she thinks the dog is reening awayshockgrin)

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