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Cahuilla Pronunciation and Spelling Guide

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

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Cahuilla pronunciation:
a    a Like the a in father.
aa    a Like a only held longer.
e    e Like the a in gate.
ee    e Like e only held longer.
i    i Like the i in police.
ii    i Like i only held longer.
u   u Like the u in flute.
uu    u Like u only held longer.

Cahuilla Consonants

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Cahuilla pronunciation:
ch  č  t Like ch in child.
h    h Like h in hay.
k  g, c  k Like k in king.
l    l Like l in light.
ll  ly  ly Like lli in million.
m    m Like m in moon.
n    n Like n in night.
ng    ŋ Like ng in sing.
ny  ñ  ny Like ny in canyon.
p  b  p Like p in pine.
q    q Like k, only pronounced further back on the palate..
qw   qw ~ qw Like qu in queen, only pronounced further back on the palate.
r     Like the r in Spanish pero, somewhat like the tt in American English butter.
s    s Like s in see.
sh  š   Like sh in shell.
t  d  t Like t in time.
v  b  v ~ β Like v in vine. Sometimes it is pronounced like the bilabial v in Spanish navidad instead.
w  u w Like w in way.
x  j  x Raspy sound like the j in Spanish jalapeño.
xw  hw  xw Light raspy sound like blowing out a candle.
y    j Like y in yes.
 , ?   A pause sound, like the one in the middle of the word "uh-oh."

Cahuilla Indian Pronunciation and Vocabulary Resources

   Cahuilla vocabulary
   Cahuilla picture dictionary
   Uto-Aztecan language family
   Eastern Woodlands languages
   Native Americans of Southern California
   Cahuilla legends

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