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Cabiyari Pronunciation and Spelling Guide

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

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Cabiyari pronunciation:
a    a Like the a in father.
aa  a·  a Like a only held longer.
e    e Like the e sound in Spanish, similar to the a in gate.
ee  e·, e:  e Like e only held longer.
i    i Like the i in police.
ii  i·, i:  i Like i only held longer.
o    o Like the o in note.
oo  o·, o:  o Like o only held longer.
u   u Like the u in flute.
uu  u·, u:  u Like u only held longer.

Cabiyari Consonants

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Cabiyari pronunciation:
ch  č  t Like ch in chair.
h  j  h Like h in hay.
k  c, qu  k Like the soft k in skin.
kh  k, kk  kh Like the hard k in key.
l    l Like l in light, quickly tapped.
m    m Like m in moon.
n    n Like n in night.
ñ    ny Like ny in canyon.
p    p Like the soft p in spin.
ph  p, pp  ph Like the hard p in pin.
r     Like the r in Spanish pero, somewhat like the tt in American English butter.
s    s Like s in sun.
t    t Like the soft t in still.
th  t, tt  th Like the hard t in till.
w  hu  w Like w in way.
y  j  j Like y in yes.
    A pause sound, like the one in the middle of the word "uh-oh."

Cabiyari Indian Pronunciation and Vocabulary Resources

   Lengua Kawiyari
   Cabiyari words
   Cabiyari picture dictionary
   Arawakan people

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