"Coconut" in different languages

Language Where Spoken Word or Phrase Pronunciation, Meaning, and Other Comments
Czech Czech Republic Kokosovy`ooech Accent is over the y, and second o in ooech has a slash of some sort.

Thanks to josh on The WELL for this info.

Dihevi Maldives Kurumba Ku-room-bah
Esperanto Good question! Kokoso It's pronounced exactly as it's written (as are all Esperanto words): the K's and the S are pronounced like K and S in English, and the O's are all pronounced like the O in "forty"; the accent is on the next-to-last syllable. So it's pronounced "ko-KO-so". (Thanks to Steve MacGregor, stevemac@indirect.com, for this information).
Filipino Philippines Buko

Butong (Visayan)



Not sure about the pronunciations. Anyone know?

According to Manuel Ontal, Jr. (montal@ionetwork.com):
Butong (Bisayan) and buko mean young coconut, and Lubi (bisayan) means coconut. Niyog is an older coconut.

Japanese Japan Kookos,
Koh-kos-spah-kee-nah, (diareses over each "a")

Thanks to josh@well.com for this info.

French France, French Territories Noix de coco Nwah-deh-coco
German Germany Kokosnuss Ko-ko-snoos (snoos rhymes with "goose")
Hawaiian Hawaii Niu NEE-oo
Hindi Hindi Khopra KO-pra (from which the word "copra" comes!)
Indonesian Indonesia Kelapa



KE is like the sound of cu in curve, LA is the sound of la in large, PA is like the sound of pa in park. (Thanks to "Yogi (Bear) Zainuddin", ybear@gladstone.uoregon.edu for this information).

In Java it's pronounced kel-o-po. In Central Java it's pronounced k-ram-bil. (Thanks to gayatri@netcom.com for this info.)

Japanese Japan Kokoyashi no mi Ko-ko-yah-shee (coconut palm),
no (no=of),
mee (mi=fruit).

Thanks to ongaku@well.com for this info.

Khmer Cambodia Dong Not sure. Anyone?

Source: Khmer phrases web page.

Kiswahili Kenya Nazi Nah-zee

(Thanks to Joseph Nyachiro, jnyachir@gpu.srv.ualberta.ca, for this information).

"In swahili it depends what stage the coconut is in. After pollination the young fruit is called Danga. Second stage will be called kitale. Third stage will be dafu (SINGULAR) Madafu (plural). Fourth stage will be koroma. 5th stage is Nazi. The last stage when you want extract oil from coconut is Mbata." -- kibokoyao (ki@myhost.com)

Magyar Hungary ko'kuszdio' ?

Thanks to josh@well.com for this info.

Nauruan Nauru eanakiwi or ini Based on Delaporte's 1907 Geram-Nauruan dictionary. Unfortunately no pronunciation information so we'll have to guess. Anyone know? You can see the dictionary a trussel.com's page located here.
Pitkern Pitcairn Island Cocknut, or Coc'nut Cock-nut

Portuguese Portugal, Brazil , Macau Coco The stress falls on the first syllable, and the final "o" sounds more like a "u." So the pronunciation would be something along the lines of "KO-ku".
Note: f you put the stress on the wrong syllable ("ko-KO"), you are basically saying a child's word for "excrement." This word must be written using an accent to indicate the stress being on a syllable other than the second-to-last.
Somali Somalia Qumbe D. Mohamed says, "I don't think the correct pronouncation of this word can be written in english. So look for your nearest Somali fellow, who can tell you the pronouncation or the correct way of saying this word." (Thanks to dalmer@pce.net for this info).
Somoan Western Somoa Niu Nee-ooo.
Spanish Spain, C.America, S.America Coco Coh-coh
Swahili Kenya, other African countries Lots of coconut-related words:


ununu is the fiber from inner skin of coconut leaf stalk;

utangule are the strips of fan-palm leaf, used for plaiting;

usumba are soaked coconut fibers, used for making string;

kisamli is the Pemba coconut palm, nuts only used for drinking;

joya is the spongy substance inside coconut shell;

*shata are the lees from making coconut oil;

kidaka is the coconut in first stage of growth on stem;

kitale is the coconut in second stage of growth.

Source: http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/swahili/7immatr.html.

Tamil Sri Lanka Thenggai "thay-ing-gai".
Thai Thailand look ma-praao



"Pronounced like this: /look3/ /ma1/ /praao1/ where 3=falling tone and 1=mid tone". (Thanks to Mark F.Verfaillie, ma.verfa@innet.be, for this information).
Tongan Tonga Niu Nee-oo

(Thanks to Paul Clark, samtur@Mailhost.tpnet.co.nz, for this information).

Trobriand Trobriand Islands Nuya Noo-yah (?)

Thanks to kathbran@well.com for this info.

Vietnamese Vietnam Tra'i du*`a tra'i: tr + ie (as in die) stress on the ie to produce a HIGHER tone

du*`a: z + ur (as in spur) stress on the ur to produce a LOWER tone

(Thanks to "'TEKNO' Duan Tran" at duantran@u.washington.edu).

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