How do you pronounce Curacao? :)

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#1
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Kuh-roo-shoe?

Kur-ah-kay-o?

Kuh-ruh-shoe?

And which syllable is stressed?
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Hehe, thank you! I could never figure out the correct pronunciation and I didn't want to try and say the name and look like a complete doofus
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Kuur-a-Sow (like cow)
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Originally posted by saltydog28
Meig
I was told it's cure a sow- to fix a sick pig.

Pat.
Yes Pat!
I've been breaking my head how to explain 'Curaçao' to you folks, and here Pat has given a good fonetic description!

...but we locals call our island "KORSOU" [cor-sow].

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Old thread, but glad it popped up. I was curious ... asked several people and all (educated! LOL) had different pronunciations. Found this, thankfully:

http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?wor...&submit=Submit
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Originally posted by sjde
I say it almost like rincewind except instead of Kur--more like Coor (as in Coors beer!).
Not quite. The first syllable is indeed CURE.

So it really is CURE - AH- SOW (rhymes with cow).
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Originally posted by Isa65
Not quite. The first syllable is indeed CURE.

So it really is CURE - AH- SOW (rhymes with cow).
Absolutely ^ .... and rather easy to remember once you know how to say it.

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I asked my mother this the other day b/c Curaçao isn't too far from my parents' birthplace (Guyana)

She said it's pronounced: Cure-uh-sow (rhyming with show, not cow) ...I was definitely pronouncing it the way that rhymes with cow.
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Originally posted by LEXIpoo
I asked my mother this the other day b/c Curaçao isn't too far from my parents' birthplace (Guyana)

She said it's pronounced: Cure-uh-sow (rhyming with show, not cow) ...I was definitely pronouncing it the way that rhymes with cow.
I was born and raised in Curacao and I still live here. So I'm pretty sure I know the pronunciation. It is CURE-AH-SOW (like COW)....
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According to many, the origin of the word/name
Curaçao came from the Portuguese Coraçao - meaning "heart".
The pronunciation of the Portuguese word for Heart is Koor-AH-Sow (again, rhyming with COW).
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Well the Portuguese people in Guyana pronounce it the way my mother said it's pronounced.
Different strokes for different folks.
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Isa, You have my vote!! I am Dutch, so I also know how to pronounce it correctly
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Originally posted by Isa65
And where do all these people live again? Right. In Guyana.
So, not here....
And we speak Portuguese in Guyana so what's your point?
I would think we know how to pronounce Portuguese words.
Once again, different strokes for different folks...that is all.
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