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The Pinneapple Pirate
11-21-2009, 09:23 AM
So I was curious, how do the people on Ukulele Underground pronounce Ukulele, the traditional hawaiian oo-koo-ley-ley, or the Americanized yoo-kuh-ley-lee.

I grew up with the american version so that's what I use.

haole
11-21-2009, 09:30 AM
uck-ya-leel. This way the "ookoolehleh" and "youkalaylee" crowd will get along and hate me together.

Melissa82
11-21-2009, 09:31 AM
Yoo-koo-le-le :D

Previous topics if anyone is interested:

This one has a poll: http://ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=982&highlight=pronounce+ukulele

http://ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=12021&highlight=pronounce+ukulele

http://ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4501&highlight=pronounce+ukulele

thejumpingflea
11-21-2009, 10:27 AM
I pronounce it every which way.

It depends on my mood and the song I am playing. ;)

ukantor
11-21-2009, 10:33 AM
Do we HAVE to get into this again? Pronounce it any way you like, but play it and enjoy.

John Colter.

geoffsuke
11-21-2009, 10:41 AM
i do a kind of mix between the traditional ookaylaylay and the americanised youkoolaylee kind of comes out ookoolaylee, when in use the pure form, people don't recognise it, so thats why i mix and match

pithaya9
11-21-2009, 10:45 AM
Depends on who I'm talking too.

Pippin
11-21-2009, 10:54 AM
Do we HAVE to get into this again? Pronounce it any way you like, but play it and enjoy.

John Colter.

I second the motion.

Brad Bordessa
11-21-2009, 11:00 AM
Previous topics if anyone is interested:

This one has a poll: http://ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=982&highlight=pronounce+ukulele

Yes please check that thread out if you want to get into the details on how everyone says it. This is kind of a sore subject and everyone has a different opinionated opinion. Been there done that.

RevWill
11-21-2009, 11:44 AM
When I placed that giant order with MGM I corrected my pronunciation from "yoo-koo-lay-lee" to "ook-uk-leh-luh."

He said, "I don't care how you pronounce it. I'll sell it to you either way!"

Ahnko Honu
11-21-2009, 04:15 PM
you-key-lay-lee. ;)

The Pinneapple Pirate
11-21-2009, 04:34 PM
Do we HAVE to get into this again? Pronounce it any way you like, but play it and enjoy.

John Colter.

well this was really more of an "im just curious who says what" topic than a "this is how you're supposed to pronounce it" debate

no worries though, i didn't know it was a sore topic here, my bad ha