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Chicomuceltec Maya Pronunciation and Spelling Guide

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

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Chicomuceltec pronunciation:
a    a Like the a in father.
aa  a·, a:  a Like a only held longer.
e    e Like the Spanish e, similar to the a in English 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  v u Like the u in flute.
uu  u·, u:  u Like u only held longer.

Chicomuceltec Diphthongs

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol: How To Pronounce It:
ay ai  aj Like English eye.
ey ei  ej Like ey in English they.
oy oi  oj Like oy in English boy.

Chicomuceltec Consonants

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Chicomuceltec pronunciation:
b  b'  b ~ б Like b in boy. Many Maya speakers pronounce this sound implosively, as if they were 'swallowing' the b sound, similar to the way b is pronounced in Vietnamese.
ch  č  t Like ch in chair.
ch'  č', chh  t Like ch, only glottalized (pronounced with a pop of air.)
h  j  h Like h in hay.
j  h   x Like the raspy j in Spanish jalapeño.
k  c, qu  k Like k in key.
k'  c', qu', q'u, k, , 'c   Like k, only glottalized (pronounced with a pop of air.)
l    l Like l in light.
m    m Like m in moon.
n    n Like n in night.
p    p Like the p in pie.
q  k  q Like k only pronounced further back in the throat. This is the same sound as the q in Arabic.
q'  k',   Like q, only glottalized (pronounced with a pop of air.)
r     Like Spanish r, somewhat like the tt in English butter.
s    s Like the s in sun.
t    t Like the t in tell.
t'  tt   Like t, only glottalized (pronounced with a pop of air.)
tz  ts, ¢  ts Like ts in cats.
tz'  ts', , ¢'  t Like tz, only glottalized (pronounced with a pop of air.)
w  v, hu, vu, u  w Like w in way.
x  š, sh   Like sh in shell.
y    j Like y in yes.
    A pause sound, like the one in the middle of the word "uh-oh."

Chicomuceltec Indian Pronunciation and Vocabulary Resources

   Chicomucelteco words
   Chicomuceltec picture dictionary
   Maya language

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