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Bakairi Pronunciation and Spelling Guide

Welcome to our Bakairi alphabet page! The following charts show the pronunciation for the Bakairi 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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Bakairi Vowels

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Bakairi pronunciation:
a    a Like the a in father.
e  ee  e ~ ε Like the e sound in Spanish, similar to the a in gate. In an unstressed syllable it is often pronounced more like the e in get.
i  ii  i ~ I Like the i in police. In an unstressed syllable it is sometimes pronounced more like the i in bit.
o  oo  o ~ Like o in note. Sometimes it is pronounced more like the au in naughty.
u  uu  u Like u in flute. In an unstressed syllable it is sometimes pronounced more like the u in put.
ü  y, 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.

Bakairi Nasal Vowels

Nasal vowels don't exist in English, but you may be familiar with them from French (or from hearing people speak English with a French accent.) They are pronounced just like oral ("regular") vowels, only using your nose as well as your mouth. To English speakers, a nasal vowel often sounds like a vowel with a half-pronounced "n" at the end of it. You can hear examples of nasal vowels at the end of the French words "bon" and "Jean," or in the middle of the word "Français."

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol:
ã  ą, añ ã
 ę, eñ
ĩ  į, iñ ĩ
õ  , oñ õ
ũ  ų, uñ ũ

Bakairi Consonants

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Bakairi pronunciation:
b    b Like b in boy.
ch    t Like ch in cheese.
d    d Like d in day.
g    g Like g in good.
h    h Like h in hay.
k  c, qu  k Like the soft k sound in English ski.
l    l Like l in light.
m    m Like m in moon.
n    n Like n in night.
ng    ŋ Like ng in sing.
p    p Like the soft p in spin.
r  l   Like the r in Spanish pero, somewhat like the tt in American English butter.
s    s Like the s in sun.
sh  x   Like sh in shell.
t    t Like the soft t in star.
w  hu  w Like w in way.
y    j Like y in yes.
z    z Like the z in zoo.

Bakairi Indian Pronunciation and Vocabulary Resources

   Portuguese-Bakairi dictionary
   Bakairi words
   Bakairi picture dictionary
   Carib language
   Brazilian languages
   Bakairi mythology

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