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Tariano Pronunciation and Spelling Guide

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

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

Tariano Consonants

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Tariano pronunciation:
b    b Like b in boy.
ch  č  t Like ch in chair.
f    f ~ φ Like f in face, or like the f in Japanese Fuji (pronounced between the lips.).
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.
ñ    ny Like ny in canyon.
p    p Like the p in pie.
r     Like the r in Spanish pero, somewhat like the tt in American English butter.
rr  r  r Like the rolling r in Spanish rojo.
s    s Like s in sun.
sh  x   Like sh in shell.
t    t Like the t in tell.
th  d   Like th in this.
w  hu  w Like w in way.
v    v ~ β Like v in vine, or like the v in Spanish navidad (pronounced between the lips.)
y    j Like y in yes.
    A pause sound, like the one in the middle of the word "uh-oh."

Tariana Pronunciation and Vocabulary Resources

   Tariano Indian words
   Tariano picture dictionary
   Arawakan

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