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Tectiteco Mayan Pronunciation and Spelling Guide

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

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

Tectiteco Diphthongs

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

Tectiteco Consonants

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Tectiteco pronunciation:
b'  b, p'  б ~ 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. At the end of words and before consonants it is pronounced as a popping p sound instead.
ch  č  t Like ch in chair.
ch'  č'  t Like ch, only glottalized (pronounced with a pop of air.)
j  h   x ~ h Like the raspy j in Spanish jalapeño. Sometimes it is pronounced more like the h in hay.
k  c, qu  k Like k in key.
k'  c', q'u, qu',   Like k, only glottalized (pronounced with a pop of air.)
ky  cy  kj Like c in cute.
ky'  cy', ky  kj' 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.
nh  ŋ, n  ŋ Like ng in sing.
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.)
tx  č, c  tʂ A retroflex sound ch sound like the cz of Polish. To English speakers, it sometimes sounds a little like "chr."
tx'  č', c'  tʂ' Like tx, only glottalized (pronounced with a pop of air.)
tz  ts, ¢, c  ts Like ts in cats.
tz'  ts', ¢', c'  t Like tz, only glottalized (pronounced with a pop of air.)
w    w Like w in way.
x  š, s  ʂ A retroflex s sound like the sz of Polish. To English speakers, it sometimes sounds a little like "shr."
xh  š   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."

Tectitec Pronunciation and Vocabulary Resources

   Tectitec words
   Tectiteco picture dictionary
   The Maya language family
   Maya tribe myths

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