Difference between revisions of "Pronunciation"

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In Setswana, the vowels are pronounced as in the following English words:
 
In Setswana, the vowels are pronounced as in the following English words:
  
*'A' as in 'car'
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*'a' as in 'car'
*'E' as in 'let'
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*'e' as in 'let'
*'I' as in 'meet'
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*'i' as in 'meet'
*'O' as in 'go'
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*'o' as in 'go'
*'U' as in 'school'
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*'u' as in 'school'
  
 
There are also a few combinations of consonants which are pronounced very differently from English:
 
There are also a few combinations of consonants which are pronounced very differently from English:
  
*'G' = an 'H' sound deep in your throat
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*'g' = an 'h' sound deep in your throat, like the end of "loch"
*'Kg' = K + an 'H' sound deep in your thorat
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*'kg' = k + an 'h' sound deep in your thorat
*'Kh' = K + some air
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*'kh' = k + some air
*'Ph' = P + some air
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*'ph' = p + some air
*'Th' = T + some air (NOT like "th")
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*'th' = t + some air (NOT like English "th")
*'Ny' = think of isolating the 'ny' in 'canyon'
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*'ny' = think of isolating the 'ny' in 'canyon'
*'Tl' = think of isolating the 'tl' in 'Atlanta'
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*'tl' = think of isolating the 'tl' in 'Atlanta'
*'Tlh' = 'Tl' + some air
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*'tlh' = 'tl' + some air
*'Ts' - think of isolating the 'ts' in 'itself'
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*'ts' - think of isolating the 'ts' in 'itself'
*'Tsh' = 'Ts' + some air
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*'tsh' = 'ts' + some air
*'Nts' = N + 'Ts' sound
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*'nts' = n + 'ts' sound

Revision as of 11:38, 7 March 2007

In Setswana, the vowels are pronounced as in the following English words:

  • 'a' as in 'car'
  • 'e' as in 'let'
  • 'i' as in 'meet'
  • 'o' as in 'go'
  • 'u' as in 'school'

There are also a few combinations of consonants which are pronounced very differently from English:

  • 'g' = an 'h' sound deep in your throat, like the end of "loch"
  • 'kg' = k + an 'h' sound deep in your thorat
  • 'kh' = k + some air
  • 'ph' = p + some air
  • 'th' = t + some air (NOT like English "th")
  • 'ny' = think of isolating the 'ny' in 'canyon'
  • 'tl' = think of isolating the 'tl' in 'Atlanta'
  • 'tlh' = 'tl' + some air
  • 'ts' - think of isolating the 'ts' in 'itself'
  • 'tsh' = 'ts' + some air
  • 'nts' = n + 'ts' sound