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 'c'''a'''r'
*'e' as in 'let'
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*'e' as in 'l'''e'''t'
*'i' as in 'meet'
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*'i' as in 'm'''ee'''t'
*'o' as in 'go'
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*'o' as in 'g'''o''''
*'u' as in 'school'
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*'u' as in 'sch'''oo'''l'
  
 
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, like the end of "loch"
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*'g' = an 'h' sound deep in your throat, like the end of "lo'''ch'''"
*'kg' = k + an 'h' sound deep in your thorat
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*'kg' = k + an 'h' sound deep in your throat
 
*'kh' = k + some air
 
*'kh' = k + some air
 
*'ph' = p + some air
 
*'ph' = p + some air
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*'tsh' = 'ts' + some air
 
*'tsh' = 'ts' + some air
 
*'nts' = n + 'ts' sound
 
*'nts' = n + 'ts' sound
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*'š' = sh

Revision as of 09:33, 2 June 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 throat
  • '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
  • 'š' = sh