Pronunciation Rules

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All vowels are long except when followed by a double consonant.

All r’s are rolled.

Male names tend to end in long “o” while female names end in long “a”

Examples: Palo – PAY loh

Marrea – mah REE aye


y holds the long I sound except when followed by a vowel.

Ya= yuh




I is always short sound.

Examples: Kintrye – KIN tryee

Aya – AH yuh

Jyrye – yi RYEE

Tynesprys – tie NEHS price


h always follows a hard consonant and gives a slight breath after it. Always found in the accented syllable.

ch is never at the beginning of a word and brings the guttural k sound

x is the guttural k followed by soft s almost z sound

u consonant e bring an oo sound

au = ah

Example: Khomar – KOH mar

Auxule – AHK sool