Pronunciation

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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
  • 'Kg' = K + an 'H' sound deep in your thorat
  • 'Kh' = K + some air
  • 'Ph' = P + some air
  • 'Th' = T + some air (NOT like "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