HomeTechnology & WebPhotographyWhy People Say Cheese for Photos October 30, 2011This post may include affiliate links. Please see our disclosure policy. Have you ever wondered why the photographer says “SAY CHEESE” when taking a picture of a person or people? Say Cheese! When someone says CHEESE – they typically open their mouth in a smile like manner. This also serves as a cue that “HEY I am ABOUT to take the shot, get your picture face on QUICK!”. According to Wikipedia, other cultures have taken to this American tradition of saying cheese when having a photo taken. In Japan, instead of saying “Say Cheese” they say “Cheese” (no say) – and the pronounce cheese as “chiizu”. Other languages have adopted this method, albeit with different words that sound similar toÂ cheeseÂ to get the desired effect of shaping the mouth to form a smile. InÂ Bulgaria, “Zele”, meaning “Cabbage” InÂ BrazilÂ the phrase is “Olha o passarinho” (“Look at the little bird”) or “Digam ‘X’” (“Say ‘X'”) (the name of the letter “X” in Portuguese sounds a lot like the word “cheese”). InÂ China, the word used is èŒ„å (qie2zi), meaning “eggplant.” InÂ Denmark, “Sig ‘appelsin’“, meaning “Say ‘orange'” is often used. InÂ Finland, “Muikku” is the word often used by photographers to make people smile. InÂ FranceÂ andÂ other French-speaking countries, the word “ouistiti,” meaningÂ marmoset, is often used. InÂ Germany, food-related words like “Spaghetti”, “KÃ¤sekuchen” (cheesecake) are used, mainly to make children laugh for the picture. InÂ Hungary, the photographer saysÂ Itt repÃ¼l a kis madÃ¡rÂ [here flies the little bird], but also the English “cheese” is used mostly by younger people. InÂ Iran, the word used is Ø³ÛŒØ¨ (sib), meaning “Apple.” InÂ Israel, the word used is ×ª×’×™×“ ×’×‘×™× ×” (Tagid Gvina), meaning “say cheese”. InÂ Japan, “Sei, No…” meaning “Ready, Set!” is often used. Also ãƒãƒ¼ã‚º (chÃ¯zu), meaningÂ cheese, is used. InÂ Korea, one says “kimchi.” In mostÂ Latin AmericanÂ countries, the phrase used is “Diga ‘whiskey’” (“Say ‘whiskey'”). InÂ Russia, they say “ÑÑ‹Ñ€“, prouncedÂ sir, which means “cheese” in Russian. The pronunciation is extended, to lengthen the time the “smile” is on the face. InÂ Spain, say “mirar al pajarito”Â or just “patata“Â (“potato”). InÂ Sweden, “SÃ¤g ‘omelett'”, meaning “Say ‘omelette'” is often used. InÂ Thailand, “Pepsi“, a popular soft-drink, is often used. Pinterest source: Tumbler viaÂ http://pinterest.com/pin/302759571/ Thanks PINTEREST ADDICTION for this find. The Pinterest Re-Pin is a series of something fabulous found on Pinterest.Â Follow meÂ – leave your Pinterest link in the comments and I’ll follow you back.Â Need a Pinterest Invite?Â Â Let me know! Happy Pinning! Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website * Copy This Password * * Type Or Paste Password Here * Comment Current ye@r * Leave this field empty Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.