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Yucuna Pronunciation and Spelling Guide

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

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

Yucuna Consonants

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Yucuna pronunciation:
ch  č  t Like ch in chair.
h  j  h Like h in hay.
j  x  x Like the raspy j in Spanish jalapeño.
k  c, qu  k Like the soft k in skin.
kh  k, kk  kh Like the hard k in key.
l    l Like l in light, quickly tapped.
m    m Like m in moon.
n    n Like n in night.
ng     Like ng in sing.
ñ    ny Like ny in canyon.
p    p Like the soft p in spin.
ph  p, pp  ph Like the hard p in pin.
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 soft t in still.
th  t, tt  th Like the hard t in till.
w  hu  w Like w in way.
y  j  j Like y in yes.
    A pause sound, like the one in the middle of the word "uh-oh."

Yucuna Indian Pronunciation and Vocabulary Resources

   Yucuna words
   Yucuna picture dictionary
   Yukuna numbers
   The Arawakan languages

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