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Ika Pronunciation and Spelling Guide

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

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Also Used:
IPA symbol: Ika pronunciation:
a    a Like the a in father.
e    e Like the e sound in Spanish, similar to the a in gate.
i    i Like the i in police.
i  ï, y  i This sound does not exist in English. The Ika 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.
o    o Like the o in note.
u    u Like the u in flute.
 u, ə, ü ə Like the a in English about.

Ika Consonants

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Also Used:
IPA symbol: Ika pronunciation:
b    b Like b in boy.
ch  č  t Like ch in chair.
d    d Like the d in day.
g    g Like the g in girl.
h  j  h Like h in hay.
j    d Like j in jar.
k  c, qu  k Like the k in kiss.
m    m Like m in moon.
n    n Like n in night.
p    p Like the p in pin.
r     Like the r in Spanish pero, somewhat like the tt in American English butter.
s    s Like s in sun.
š  sh, x   Like sh in shell.
t    t Like the t in tell.
w    w Like w in way.
ž  zh   Like the ge in garage.
 , ?   A pause sound, like the one in the middle of the word "uh-oh."

Ika Indian Pronunciation and Vocabulary Resources

   Ika words
   Ika picture dictionary
   The Chibchans

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