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Kogui Pronunciation and Spelling Guide

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

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Kogui 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.
o    o Like the o in note.
u    u Like the u in flute.
u  i, ü, ï This sound does not exist in English. It is pronounced like the u in flute, only unrounded.

Kogui Consonants

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Kogui pronunciation:
b    b Like b in boy.
d    d Like the d in day.
g    g Like the g in girl.
j  h  h Like h in hay.
k  c, qu  k Like the k in kiss.
l    l Like l in light.
m    m Like m in moon.
n    n Like n in night.
p    p Like the p in pin.
s    s Like s in sun.
sh  x, š   Like sh in shell.
t    t Like the t in tell.
y  c, ch  c This is a palatal sound that does not exist in English. It sounds a little like a cross between ty and ch.
zh  ž   Like the ge in garage.
 , ?   A pause sound, like the one in the middle of the word "uh-oh."

Kogi Pronunciation and Vocabulary Resources

   Kogi words
   Kogui picture dictionary
   The Chibchan language family

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