how to pronounce tofu


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the above transcription of tofu is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

tofu is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of tofu in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… you can even find tofu or soy based …”

meanings of tofu


  1. Initialism of trust on first use, a type of network software security model where a client requests an identification code from a remote host when establishing the first connection.
  2. A box or rectangle, empty or with a question mark or hexadecimal code inside, displayed by some systems in place of a character not supported by available fonts. (such as □ or 𐕪).
  3. A protein-rich food made from curdled soy milk.

tofu frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word tofu occurs in english on average 9.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics tofu can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that tofu can be often used in the following areas:

1) food and health;

words with pronunciation similar to tofu


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