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Piapoco Pronunciation and Spelling Guide

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

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Piapoco 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.

Piapoco Consonants

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Piapoco pronunciation:
b    b Like b in boy.
ch  č  t Like ch in chair.
d    d Like d in day.
h  j  h Like h in hay.
k  c, qu  k Like k in key.
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.
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 t in tell.
w  hu  w Like w in way.
y    j Like y in yes).
    A pause sound, like the one in the middle of the word "uh-oh."

Piapoco Indian Pronunciation and Vocabulary Resources

   Piapoco vocabulary
   Piapoco picture dictionary
   Piapoko numbers
   The Arawakans
   Arawakan legends

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