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Arabela Pronunciation and Spelling Guide

Welcome to our Arabela alphabet page! The following charts show the pronunciation for the Arabela orthography we have used on our site, as well as some alternate spellings that you may find in other books and websites.

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Arabela Vowels

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Also Used:
IPA symbol: Arabela pronunciation:
a    a ~ æ Like the a in father. Sometimes it is pronounced more like the a in cat.
e  y, ï, i  i This sound does not exist in English. It sounds like the i in police only pronounced further back in the mouth. If you've ever heard a Slavic language like Russian or Polish being spoken, it is the same "dark i" sound from those languages.
i    i Like the i in police.
o  u o Like the o in note.
u  o u Like the u in flute.

Arabela Consonants

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Also Used:
IPA symbol: Arabela pronunciation:
ch  č  t Like ch in child.
h  j  h Like h in hay.
k  g, c, qu  k Like k in king. Sometimes it sounds more like the g in girl
kw  cu, qu kw ~ kw Like qu in queen.
m    m Like m in moon.
n    n Like n in night.
p  b  p Like p in pine.
r     Like the r in Spanish pero, somewhat like the tt in American English butter.
s    s Like s in see.
sh  š, x   Like sh in shell.
t  d  t Like t in time.
ts    ts Like ts in cats.
w  hu w Like w in way.
y    j Like y in yes.
 , ?   A pause sound, like the one in the middle of the word "uh-oh."

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