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Waimiri-Atroari Pronunciation and Spelling Guide (Atruahi)

Welcome to our Atruahi alphabet page! The following charts show the pronunciation for the Waimiri-Atroari 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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Waimiri-Atroari Vowels

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Atruahi pronunciation:
a    a Like the a in father.
e    e Like Spanish e, somewhat like the a in gate.
i    i Like the i in police.
o    o Like the o in note.
u   u Like the u in flute.
y  i, ü i This sound does not exist in English. The Atruahi pronunciation 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.

Waimiri-Atroari Consonants

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Atruahi pronunciation:
b    b Like b in boy.
d    d Like d in day.
k  c, qu  k Like the soft k in sky.
h    h Like h in hay.
m    m Like m in moon.
n    n Like n in night.
p    p Like the soft p in spin.
r     Like the tt in English butter.
s  z  s Like the s in sun.
t    t Like the soft t in star.
w  hu  w Like w in way.
x  sh   Like sh in shell.
y    j Like y in yes.

Atruahi Indian Pronunciation and Vocabulary Resources

   Atroari words
   Atruahi picture dictionary
   Waimiri-Atroari numbers
   The Cariban
   Native languages of Brazil
   Amazonian language families

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