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LimpidPools Sat 06-Jun-20 22:04:26

How do you pronounce Gouda?

Gooda (YABU) or Gowda (YANBU)?

(If you're Dutch speaking and can say it properly properly, then I'm sorry, but you'll just have to shake your head and write a comment. Or silently move on whilst despairing of how English speakers mangle the names of your cheeses, artists and doubtless anything else we come across.)

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OctoberCupcake Sat 06-Jun-20 22:06:45


Otherwise the joke doesn't work. What does the cheese say when he looks in the mirror?

Halloumi, Looking Gouda!

dementedpixie Sat 06-Jun-20 22:06:57


Classiccar Sat 06-Jun-20 22:07:28


As in cow & now.

VodselForDinner Sat 06-Jun-20 22:08:03


Yeahyeah9 Sat 06-Jun-20 22:08:16

goo da

DontStandSoCloseToMe Sat 06-Jun-20 22:08:24

Isn't it how- da in Dutch?

DontStandSoCloseToMe Sat 06-Jun-20 22:08:58

I say Gowda though....

Abbccc Sat 06-Jun-20 22:09:03

I thought it was a bit like "schow-da".

HappyHammy Sat 06-Jun-20 22:09:08

Gow da

GrouchyKiwi Sat 06-Jun-20 22:09:27


<is Dutch-ish>

greathat Sat 06-Jun-20 22:09:25

Was going to say it's more Howda. With a chokey noise :D

vdbfamily Sat 06-Jun-20 22:09:53

Howda is how by German husband says it.

Abbccc Sat 06-Jun-20 22:10:08

Throaty kind of schow or schau and then da.

Isthisfinallyit Sat 06-Jun-20 22:10:33

Shaking head

Isthisfinallyit Sat 06-Jun-20 22:11:50


This sounds almost correct

LimpidPools Sat 06-Jun-20 22:13:29

Still a bit gutted I didn't 'accidentally' put this in baby names.

I do actually know how to say it in Dutch. (In theory, if not in practice.) What I really want to know is how other people say it in English, iyswim.

Because it seems I'm saying it differently to most people I know and I was surprised!

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SpuriouserAndSpuriouser Sat 06-Jun-20 22:15:56

I speak Dutch and say gow-da... mostly because if you say it with a hard G in the UK people think you’re choking grin

SpuriouserAndSpuriouser Sat 06-Jun-20 22:17:19

I think most people say goo-da though, that’s the pronunciation I hear the most

DartmoorChef Sat 06-Jun-20 22:18:07

Gow dah

UnderCaffeinated Sat 06-Jun-20 22:18:10



This sounds almost correct

I love this, really made me laugh.

The right way to say it in English would be gow-da. That's also how you'd say the name of the place in English too.

Nottherealslimshady Sat 06-Jun-20 22:19:07

Gooda as in boo

AdaColeman Sat 06-Jun-20 22:20:29

It’s got quite a gutteral gh sound.
Maybe you should start eating Edam instead? grin

Bertucci Sat 06-Jun-20 22:21:27


Euclid Sat 06-Jun-20 22:23:14

In my local excellent cheese shop a Dutch man came in and asked for something that nobody in the queue understood but fortunately the shop owner did. It sounded like "old cow" but was of course Gouda.
I agree with @undwrcaffeinated about he lots of phlegm. I have asked Dutch friends to say it and that is how it sounds.

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