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Ukecaster
02-21-2018, 03:57 PM
I've seen many posts containing "an ukulele".

Even though "an ukulele" is the proper grammar, I've never heard anyone actually say that while speaking, like someone asking you "Do you have an ukulele?". Wazzup with that?

Ok, enough of that, I gotta go grab an uke now, and study my Circle of 4ths ;)

Lapyang
02-21-2018, 05:04 PM
Forget about "a" or "an", who owns only one ukulele anyway? It is always ukuleleS!!!

Rllink
02-21-2018, 05:08 PM
I'm going to throw this out there from college linguistics, which was a long time ago. I believe it is not based on whether the first letter is a vowel or not, but how it is pronounced. In the case of unicorn, it is a unicorn, not an unicorn. So if you pronounce it you-ka-lele, it would be a you-ka-lele. If you pronounce it oo-ka-lele, it would be an oo-ka-lele. Don't hold me to this, I'm going way back in my knowledge of this sort of trivia.

MopMan
02-21-2018, 05:26 PM
It's "ook" versus "yook" all over again. I imagine Rllink is correct: those who are from the "ook" school will be prone to use use "an," while those from the "yook" school will prefer using "a."

Ukecaster
02-21-2018, 06:12 PM
Yeah, that makes sense...a uke vs an ook...a written vs spoken word thing, thanks.

Brad Bordessa
02-21-2018, 06:19 PM
This has been flamed/trolled to death a million times already. Has to do with how you say it. https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Aukuleleunderground.com+oo+vs+you

robinboyd
02-21-2018, 06:39 PM
I'm going to throw this out there from college linguistics, which was a long time ago. I believe it is not based on whether the first letter is a vowel or not, but how it is pronounced. In the case of unicorn, it is a unicorn, not an unicorn. So if you pronounce it you-ka-lele, it would be a you-ka-lele. If you pronounce it oo-ka-lele, it would be an oo-ka-lele. Don't hold me to this, I'm going way back in my knowledge of this sort of trivia.

I'll hold you to this. 100% correct!

shroomshade
02-21-2018, 06:41 PM
I'm going to throw this out there from college linguistics, which was a long time ago. I believe it is not based on whether the first letter is a vowel or not, but how it is pronounced. In the case of unicorn, it is a unicorn, not an unicorn. So if you pronounce it you-ka-lele, it would be a you-ka-lele. If you pronounce it oo-ka-lele, it would be an oo-ka-lele. Don't hold me to this, I'm going way back in my knowledge of this sort of trivia.

I think this is right as well. So let's go with 'an ukulele'!

Croaky Keith
02-21-2018, 11:45 PM
Yep, it should be ukes...... ;)

However, if you pronounce it yookalaylee, it's a.........but if you pronounce it ookooleylee it's an........but it doesn't stop there....because when you write it, you either write it ukulele or 'ukulele, the first uses an a, but the second form should correctly use an an........ :D

Jarmo_S
02-22-2018, 12:06 AM
Really you should pronounce it with a wovel, so it is then an.
But I know maybe hard for english people, so use a, if you really must lol.

Myself I'm lucky being a finn that hawaiian sounds almost the same as my finnish. Also all words are easy to pronounce, both languages being such open ones. Share also many same words, all meaning different things though.

Of course this question has only meaning to me if I speak english.

bsfloyd
02-22-2018, 02:55 AM
I pronounce mine "little guitars".... Ok, just joking here (ducking from the flying debris, lol).

kkimura
02-22-2018, 03:09 AM
It's not "a" or "an" ukulele, it's "da" ukulele. Or, "da kine ukulele".