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Pocomchi Mayan Pronunciation and Spelling Guide

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

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

Pocomchi Diphthongs

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Pocomchi pronunciation:
ay ai  aj Like English eye.
ey ei  ej Like ey in English they.
oy oi  oj Like oy in English boy.
uy ui  uj like the uoy in English buoy.

Pocomchi Consonants

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Pocomchi pronunciation:
b'  b  б ~ w ~ m Like b in boy, only implosive. To English speakers, it sounds as if Maya speakers are 'swallowing' the b sound, similar to the way b is pronounced in Vietnamese. The b' sound does not exist in some dialects of Pocomchi, instead being pronounced as a w or m.
ch  č  t Like ch in chair.
ch'  č'  t Like ch, only glottalized (pronounced with a pop of air.)
h  j   h Like the h in hay.
j  h, x   x Like the raspy j in Spanish jalapeño.
k  c, qu  k Like k in key.
k'  c', q'u, qu', , 'c   Like k, only glottalized (pronounced with a pop of air.)
ky    kj Like c in cute.
ky'  ky  k Like ky, 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'     Like t, only glottalized (pronounced with a pop of air.)
tz  ts, ¢  ts Like ts in cats.
tz'  ts', , ¢', 'tz  t Like tz, only glottalized (pronounced with a pop of air.)
w  hu, v, vu  w Like w in way.
x  š, sh   Like sh in shell.
y    j Like y in yes.
 7   A pause sound, like the one in the middle of the word "uh-oh."

Pocomchi Indian Pronunciation and Vocabulary Resources

   Poqomchi words
   Pocomchi picture dictionary
   Maya language
   Maya myths

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