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Cheesy Talk (formerly known as Say it, Say it)

Époisses, Gjetost, Basajo, Caerphilly, Toggenburger Nidelchäs…. Erg, say what? Or more accurately say how?

Listed below in alphabetical order by cheese name is a simplified pronunciation guide to various cheese names. With this method you can get a reasonable facsimile of the original pronunciation. Ok, maybe not so accurate to the original language but definitely good enough to make yourself understood at most cheese counters in the US.

This is not an exhaustive list – I’ll be adding more names as I come across them in my cheese hunts. Feel free to suggest alternative pronunciations to any cheese name – you say “poh-TAY-toh,” I say “poh-TA-toh” – or submit challenging cheese names to add to the list in the comment section or email me – contact (at) cheeseplatesf (dot) com.

State/ Region Country Cheese Pronunciation Milk
Corsica France A Casinca ah kah-SINK-ah Goat
Basque region France Abbay de Bel’loc ah-BAY duh bell-LOCK Sheep
Cote d’OR France Abbaye de Tamie ah-BAY duh tah-MEE Cow
Chablis, Haute-Savoie France Abondance ah-BOND-awnce Cow
Savoie France Abondance de Savoie ah-BOND-awnce duh sah-VWAH Cow
Oregon USA Adelle ah-DELL Cow & Sheep
Wisconsin USA Ader Käse AH-der KAWSE Cow
Wisconsin USA Ader Käse Reserve AH-der KAWSE RE-zerv Cow
Switzerland Appenzeller ah-PEN-ZELL-er Cow
England Appleby’s Cheshire ah-PEL-bee-z CHESS-ire Cow
Duhallow region, Cork county Ireland Ardrahan AH-drah-HAN Cow
Georgia USA Asher Blue ah-SHUR bloo Cow
Italy Asiago ah-SEE-ah-GO Cow
Prince Edward Island Canada Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar ah-VON-lee Cow
Germany Bachensteiner BAHK-en-STY-ner Cow
France Banon ban-NON Cow
Italy Basajo Passito Pantaleria bah-sah-HO pass-SI-TOE pan-TAL-lair-e-ah Sheep
Vermont USA Bayley Hazen Blue BAY-ly HAY-zen bloo Cow
France Beaufort d’alpage boh-FOR dahl-pawg Cow
Savoie region France Beaufort de Savoie boh-FOR duh sah-VWAH Cow
France Beaufort d’hiver boh-FOR dee-VAIR Cow
Holland Beemster beam-STIR cow
England Berkswell BURK-swell Sheep
Auvergne France Bleu d’Auvergne bloo dah-Vehrn Cow
Italy Blu del Moncenisio bloo duh mon-sen-NEE-see-oh Cow
Wisconsin USA Blue Crest bloo Krest Cow
France Blue de Bocage bloo duh bow-CAWG
Alta Langa Piedmontese region Italy Bocconcini di pura capra bow-CON-chee-NEE dee PUR-ah KAP-rah Goat
Alta Langa Piedmontese region Italy Bonrus bon-ROO-ss Cow & Sheep
France Brie de Meaux bree duh MOH cow
France Brie de Nangis Bree- duh NAN-gee Cow
Normandy France Brillat-Savarin bree-YAHT sah-vah-RAHN Cow
France Bucheron boo-CHER-ron Goat
Italy Burrata bur-RAW-tah Cow
Italy Burrata di Andria bur-RAW-tah dee ANN-dree-ah Cow
Spain Cabrales caw-BRA-lays Cow only or cow & goat/ sheep or cow, goat and sheep
Camembert KA-men-bear cow
France Cantalet kawn-TALL-eh Cow
Italy Capra Sardo KAP-rah sar-DOH Goat
Massachusetts USA Capri kaw-PREE Goat
Ireland Cashel Blue kaw-SHELL bloo Cow
Midi-Pyrénées France Cazelle de Saint Affrique cah-ZELL duh sawnt ah-FREEK sheep
France Chevre d’Or shev-DOOR Goat
France Chevre d’Argental SHEV duh-ARE-gen-TALL Goat
Quebec Canada Chevre Noir SHEV no-are Goat
France Chevrot SHEV-row Goat
New York USA Cinderella Log cin-DER-ella log Goat
Jura France Comté comb-TAY or cone-TAY Cow
Mexico Cotija koh-TEE-ha Cow
France Cremeux de Bourgogne KRe-muh duh BOOR-goh-nyuh Cow
France France Crottin de Chavignol CROW-tan duh shaw-VEE-knoll Goat
France Crottin de Maître Seguin CROW-tan duh MAY-trah say-GAN goat
Vermont USA Crottina crow-TEE-nah Goat
Obwalden Switzerland Dallenwiler Wychäs dahl-LEN-why-ler why-KAS Goat
France Delice d’Argental DEE-leese duh-ARE-gen-TALL
Cote d’OR France Delice de Bourgogne DEE-leese duh BORE-GO-nga Cow
California USA Délice de la Vallée day-LEASE duh lah VAL-ay Cow & Goat
Norway Ekte Gjetost ECK-tah YE-tost goat
Cote-d’Or and Burgundy regions France Epoisses eh-PWAHS Cow
New York USA Ewe’s Blue EWZ bloo Goat
Greece Feta fet-Ah Goat & Sheep
Italy Italy Fiore Sardo fee-OR-ray sar-DOH Sheep
Italy Fiorito fee-OR-ree-toe goat
France Fluer du Maquis - Affinage fler doo MA-key Sheep
Val d’Aosta Italy Fontina Val d’Aosta fawn-TEE-na val dah-OH-stah cow
France Fourme d’Ambert FORM DAM-bear Cow
France Fromage d’Affinois Fro-maj DAF-fin-wah Cow
France Fromage d’Affinois FRO-mawg dah-FIN-wah cow
France Fromage de Meaux FRO-maj duh MEE-yuh Cow
France Gabietou ga-BEE-too Cow & Sheep
Gariotin gar-ROH-tan goat
Spain Garrotxa gar-ROHT-cha Goat
Wales Gorwydd Caerphilly GOR-wid care-FILLY Cow
Gouda goo-DAH Cow
Wisconsin USA Gran Queso gran KAY-SO Cow
Wisconsin USA Grand Cru Gruyere Surchoix grawnd CREW gree-YAIR SHUR-swah Cow
Virginia USA Grayson GRAY-son Cow
France Gres des Vosges grey DES v-owe-j Cow
Belgium Grevenbroecker grev-EN-brock-er Cow
Switzerland Gruyere gree-YAIR cow
Greece Halloumi ha-LOO-me Sheep
Wisconsin USA Havarti ha-VAR-tee Cow
Texas USA Hoja Santa OH-ha SAHN-tah Goat
Connecticut USA Hooligan WHO-lee-gan Cow
California USA Humboldt Fog hum-BOLT fawg Goat
Spain Idiazábal EE-DEE-ah-ZEE-ball sheep
Italy La Tur lah TOOR Cow, Goat & Sheep
Alto Adige region Italy Lagrein lah-GREN Cow
France Langres LAWN-gray Cow
Auvergne region France Lavort la-VOR Sheep
Wisconsin USA Les Freres lay fuh-RARE Cow
Switzerland L’Etivaz LET-tee-vahz cow
Spain Manchego mahn-CHAY-go Sheep
Spain Manchego (DOP) mahn-CHAY-go Sheep
Greece Manouri mah-NUR-ree Sheep
Wisconsin USA Marieke Gouda mah-REE-kah GOO-dah Cow
France Mimolette mee-MO-LET Cow
France Montbriac mohn-BREE-ack
Spain Monte Enebro mon-TAY NAY-bro
France Morbier more-BEE-yah Cow
California USA Mt Tam mount TAM Cow
Indiana USA O’Banon oh-BAN-on Goat
New Jersey USA Oldwick Shepard ol-wik SHEP-pahrd Sheep
Vermont USA Oma OH-mah
Spain Ombra ohm-BRAH sheep
France Ossau-Iraty OH-say E-raw-tay Sheep
Italy Paglierina PAG-leer-ree-nah Cow
Italy Parmigiano Reggiano par-MEE-JAW-no reg-GEE-AH-no Cow
Spain Pata Cabra pah-tah caw-BRAh Goat
Italy Pecorino Foglie De Noce PECK-or-ree-NO fo-LEE dee NO-chee Sheep
Italy Pecorino Ginepro PECK-or-ree-NO gin-neh-pair-ROW Sheep
Italy Pecorino Marzolino PECK-or-ree-NO Sheep
Italy Pecorino Oro Antico PECK-or-ree-NO OR-oh an-TEE-ko Sheep
Italy Pecorino Pepato PECK-or-ree-no PEP-ah-toh Sheep
Italy Pecorino Romano PECK-or-ree-no ROW-maw-no Sheep
Petit Basque puh-TEE BASK sheep
France Petit Sapin pee-TEET sa-PAN Cow
Italy Piave Vecchio pee-AH-VAY vec-KEY-oh Cow
France Pierre Robert pe-AIR row-BEAR Cow
France Pont l’Eveque pwohn la-VECK Cow
France Preferes des nos Montagnes pray-FOR-ray day NO mo-TAWN-nuh Cow
Italy Provolone pro-VO-lohn
France Pyrenees Brebis peer-REN-knee bray-BEE Sheep
Italy Quadrello di Bufala qwad-drell-oh dee boo-foo-lah Buffalo
Italy Quadrello di Bufula qwad-drell-oh dee boo-foo-lah Buffalo
Italy Quartirolo kwat-REE-OH-loh
France Raclette rah-KLET Cow
Italy Raschera rah-SKARE-ra Cow
France Reblochon reb-bloo-SH-ON cow
Washington USA Renata wren-NAH-TA Cow
Alta Langa Piedmontese region Italy Robiola Bosina row-BEE-OH-lah bawh-see-nah Cow & Sheep
France France Roquefort rohk-FORE Sheep
Holland Saenkanter san-CAN-tur Cow
France Sainte-Maure de Touraine sawnt MAR duh two-RAN Goat
France Saint-Marcellin san MAR-cell-lan
Lombardy region Italy Salva Cremasco sal-VAH CREM-MAH-scoh Cow
Italy Scimudin shee-moo-DEEN cow
France Selles-sur-Cher sell-SHUR-share Goat
Portugal Serra da Estrella SER-ruh DAH es-STRAY-yah cow
Oregon Oregon Smokey Blue sm-OH-KEY blu Cow
Italy Sotocencere sow-toe-CEN-sar-ray Cow
France St. Agur sawnt AH-grr
France St. Marcellin san MAR-cell-lan Cow
France St. Nectaire sawnt NECK-TAIR Cow
Minnesota USA St. Pete’s Blue saint pee-TZ bloo Cow
England Stilton still-TIN Cow
Wisconsin USA Stravecchio strah-VEK-e-oh Cow
Wisconsin USA Surchoix gruyere SHER-shwah gree-AIR
Italy Taleggio tah-lej-GEE-oh Cow
Vermont USA Tarentaise tear-an-TAZ Cow
Italy Testun al Borolo test-TUNE al bore-RO-loh cow & sheep
Switzerland Tête de Moine tet duh MWAN
Switzerland Toggenburger Nidelchäs TOE-gen-BUR-gur knee-DELL-kaws
France Tomme Crayeuse tohm CRAY-use Cow
France Tomme de Savoie tohm duh sah-VWAH Cow
New York USA Toussaint TWO-sawnt Cow
California USA Trio tree-O Goat & Cow Cream
California USA Truffle Tremor truf-FULL TREM-more Goat
Switzerland Vacherin Fribourgeois VASH-air-ran free-bohr-zwah Cow
Switzerland Vacherin Mont d`Or VASH-air-ran mount DOOR Cow
Indre-et-Loire France Valencay val-len-SAY Goat
Wallonia Belgium Wavreumont wahv-ru-manh Cow
Vermont USA Winnimere win-NEE-mear Cow
on Country Cheese Pronunciation
Corsica France A Casinca ah kah-SINK-ah
Basque region France Abbay de Bel’loc ah-BAY duh bell-LOCK
Cote d’OR France Abbaye de Tamie ah-BAY duh tah-MEE
Chablis, Haute-Savoie France Abondance ah-BOND-awnce
Savoie France Abondance de Savoie ah-BOND-awnce duh sah-VWAH
Oregon USA Adelle ah-DELL
Wisconsin USA Ader Käse AH-der KAWSE
Wisconsin USA Ader Käse Reserve AH-der KAWSE RE-zerv
Switzerland Appenzeller ah-PEN-ZELL-er
England Appleby’s Cheshire ah-PEL-bee-z CHESS-ire
Duhallow region, Cork county Ireland Ardrahan AH-drah-HAN
Georgia USA Asher Blue ah-SHUR bloo
Italy Asiago ah-SEE-ah-GO
Prince Edward Island Canada Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar ah-VON-lee
Germany Bachensteiner BAHK-en-STY-ner
France Banon ban-NON
Italy Basajo Passito Pantaleria bah-sah-HO pass-SI-TOE pan-TAL-lair-e-ah
Vermont USA Bayley Hazen Blue BAY-ly HAY-zen bloo
France Beaufort d’alpage boh-FOR dahl-pawg
Savoie region France Beaufort de Savoie boh-FOR duh sah-VWAH
France Beaufort d’hiver boh-FOR dee-VAIR
Holland Beemster beam-STIR
England Berkswell burk-swell
Auvergne France Bleu d’Auvergne bloo dah-Vehrn-yuh
Italy Blu del Moncenisio bloo duh mon-sen-NEE-see-oh
Wisconsin USA Blue Crest bloo Krest
France Blue d’Auvergne bloo dah-Vehrn-yuh
France Blue de Bocage bloo duh bow-CAWG
Alta Langa Piedmontese region Italy Bocconcini di pura capra bow-CON-chee-NEE dee PUR-ah KAP-rah
Alta Langa Piedmontese region Italy Bonrus bon-ROO-ss
France Brie de Meaux bree duh MOH
France Brie de Nangis Bree- duh NAN-gee
Normandy France Brillat-Savarin bree-YAHT sah-vah-RAHN
France Bucheron boo-CHER-ron
Italy Burrata bur-RAW-tah
Italy Burrata di Andria bur-RAW-tah dee ANN-dree-ah
Spain Cabrales caw-BRA-lays
Camembert KA-men-bear
France Cantalet kawn-TALL-eh
Italy Capra Sardo KAP-rah sar-DOH
Massachusetts USA Capri kaw-PREE
Ireland Cashel Blue kaw-SHELL bloo
Midi-Pyrénées France Cazelle de Saint Affrique cah-ZELL duh sawnt ah-FREEK
France Chevre d’Or shev-DOOR
France Chevre d’Argental SHEV duh-ARE-gen-TALL
Quebec Canada Chevre Noir SHEV no-are
France Chevrot SHEV-row
New York USA Cinderella Log cin-DER-ella log
Jura France Comté comb-TAY or cone-TAY
Mexico Cotija koh-TEE-ha
France Cremeux de Bourgogne KRe-muh duh BOOR-goh-nyuh
France France Crottin de Chavignol CROW-tan duh shaw-VEE-knoll
France Crottin de Maître Seguin CROW-tan duh MAY-trah say-GAN
Vermont USA Crottina crow-TEE-nah
Obwalden Switzerland Dallenwiler Wychäs dahl-LEN-why-ler why-KAS
France Delice d’Argental DEE-leese duh-ARE-gen-TALL
Cote d’OR France Delice de Bourgogne DEE-leese duh BORE-GO-nga
California USA Délice de la Vallée day-LEASE duh lah VAL-ay
Norway Ekte Gjetost ECK-tah YE-tost
Cote-d’Or and Burgundy regions France Epoisses eh-PWAHS
New York USA Ewe’s Blue EWZ bloo
Greece Feta fet-Ah
Italy Italy Fiore Sardo fee-OR-ray sar-DOH
Italy Fiorito fee-OR-ree-toe
France Fluer du Maquis - Affinage fler doo MA-key
Val d’Aosta Italy Fontina Val d’Aosta fawn-TEE-na val dah-OH-stah
France Fourme d’Ambert FORM DAM-bear
France Fromage d’Affinois Fro-maj DAF-fin-wah
France Fromage d’Affinois FRO-mawg dah-FIN-wah
France Fromage de Meaux FRO-maj duh MEE-yuh
France Gabietou ga-BEE-too
Gariotin gar-ROH-tan
Spain Garrotxa gar-ROHT-cha
Wales Gorwydd Caerphilly GOR-wid care-FILLY
Gouda goo-DAH
Wisconsin USA Gran Queso gran KAY-SO
Wisconsin USA Grand Cru Gruyere Surchoix grawnd CREW gree-YAIR SHUR-swah
Virginia USA Grayson GRAY-son
France Gres des Vosges grey DES v-owe-j
Belgium Grevenbroecker grev-EN-brock-er
Switzerland Gruyere gree-YAIR
Greece Halloumi ha-LOO-me
Wisconsin USA Havarti ha-VAR-tee
Texas USA Hoja Santa OH-ha SAHN-tah
Connecticut USA Hooligan WHO-lee-gan
California USA Humboldt Fog hum-BOLT fawg
Spain Idiazábal EE-DEE-ah-ZEE-ball
Italy La Tur lah TOOR
Alto Adige region Italy Lagrein lah-GREN
France Langres LAWN-gray
Auvergne region France Lavort la-VOR
Wisconsin USA Les Freres lay fuh-RARE
Switzerland L’Etivaz LET-tee-vahz
Spain Manchego mahn-CHAY-go
Spain Manchego (DOP) mahn-CHAY-go
Greece Manouri mah-NUR-ree
Wisconsin USA Marieke Gouda mah-REE-kah GOO-dah
France Mimolette mee-MO-LET
France Montbriac mohn-BREE-ack
Spain Monte Enebro mon-TAY NAY-bro
France Morbier more-BEE-yah
California USA Mt Tam mount TAM
Indiana USA O’Banon oh-BAN-on
New Jersey USA Oldwick Shepard ol-wik SHEP-pahrd
Vermont USA Oma OH-mah
Spain Ombra ohm-BRAH
France Ossau-Iraty OH-say E-raw-tay
Italy Paglierina PAG-leer-ree-nah
Italy Parmigiano Reggiano par-MEE-JAW-no reg-GEE-AH-no
Spain Pata Cabra pah-tah caw-BRAh
Italy Pecorino Foglie De Noce PECK-or-ree-NO fo-LEE dee NO-chee
Italy Pecorino Ginepro PECK-or-ree-NO gin-neh-pair-ROW
Italy Pecorino Marzolino PECK-or-ree-NO
Italy Pecorino Oro Antico PECK-or-ree-NO OR-oh an-TEE-ko
Italy Pecorino Pepato PECK-or-ree-no PEP-ah-toh
Italy Pecorino Romano PECK-or-ree-no ROW-maw-no
Petit Basque puh-TEE BASK
France Petit Sapin pee-TEET sa-PAN
Italy Piave Vecchio pee-AH-VAY vec-KEY-oh
France Pierre Robert pe-AIR row-BEAR
France Pont l’Eveque pwohn la-VECK
France Preferes des nos Montagnes pray-FOR-ray day NO mo-TAWN-nuh
Italy Provolone pro-VO-lohn
France Pyrenees Brebis peer-REN-knee bray-BEE
Italy Quadrello di Bufala qwad-drell-oh dee boo-foo-lah
Italy Quadrello di Bufula qwad-drell-oh dee boo-foo-lah
Italy Quartirolo kwat-REE-OH-loh
France Raclette rah-KLET
Italy Raschera rah-SKARE-ra
France Reblochon reb-bloo-SH-ON
Washington USA Renata wren-NAH-TA
Alta Langa Piedmontese region Italy Robiola Bosina row-BEE-OH-lah bawh-see-nah
France France Roquefort rohk-FORE
Holland Saenkanter san-CAN-tur
France Sainte-Maure de Touraine sawnt MAR duh two-RAN
France Saint-Marcellin san MAR-cell-lan
Lombardy region Italy Salva Cremasco sal-VAH CREM-MAH-scoh
Italy Scimudin shee-moo-DEEN
France Selles-sur-Cher sell-SHUR-share
Portugal Serra da Estrella SER-ruh DAH es-STRAY-yah
Oregon Oregon Smokey Blue sm-OH-KEY blu
Italy Sotocencere sow-toe-CEN-sar-ray
France St. Agur sawnt AH-grr
France St. Marcellin san MAR-cell-lan
France St. Nectaire sawnt NECK-TAIR
Minnesota USA St. Pete’s Blue saint pee-TZ bloo
England Stilton still-TIN
Wisconsin USA Stravecchio strah-VEK-e-oh
Wisconsin USA Surchoix gruyere SHER-shwah gree-AIR
Italy Taleggio tah-lej-GEE-oh
Vermont USA Tarentaise tear-an-TAZ
Italy Testun al Borolo test-TUNE al bore-RO-loh
Switzerland Tête de Moine tet duh MWAN
Switzerland Toggenburger Nidelchäs TOE-gen-BUR-gur knee-DELL-kaws
France Tomme Crayeuse tohm CRAY-use
France Tomme de Savoie tohm duh sah-VWAH
New York USA Toussaint TWO-sawnt
California USA Trio tree-O
California USA Truffle Tremor truf-FULL TREM-more
Switzerland Vacherin Fribourgeois VASH-air-ran free-bohr-zwah
Switzerland Vacherin Mont d`Or VASH-air-ran mount DOOR
Indre-et-Loire France Valencay val-len-SAY
Wallonia Belgium Wavreumont wahv-ru-manh
Vermont USA Winnimere win-NEE-mear

4 Responses

  1. Generik says:

    You mention Gjetost at the beginning of the article — which got me all excited, as I love this dark, rich goat’s milk cheese from Norway, and only get a chance to sample it at xmastime — but it’s nowhere to be found on the list. WTF?

  2. Generik – gjetost is listed under “Ekte Gjetost” which roughly translates to “real goat cheese.” There are other similar cheeses from Norway that go by different names. I haven’t run into them so I did not include them on my list. If you do a “ctrl + F” on your browser and start typing gjetost – it should bring you to that entry. BTW – you can get gjetost at several places all year round in San Francisco or online. Enjoy your cheese!

  3. Grace says:

    Love this! I am Irish and Cashel Blue is not pronouched Kaw Shell, unless maybe you speak like the Queen of England. It’s Ka shell. My mother is from near Cashel so you can trust me, plus I eat it all the time, ha ha.

  4. Goluck says:

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