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Buglere Pronunciation and Spelling Guide

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

We Use:
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Buglere pronunciation:
a    a Like the a in father.
e    e Like the e sound in Spanish, similar to the a in gate.
ë    I Like the i in bit.
i    i Like the i in police.
o    o Like the o in note.
ö     Like the oo in book.
u    u Like the u in flute.

Buglere Nasal Vowels

Nasal vowels don't exist in English, but you may be familiar with them from French (or from hearing people speak English with a French accent.) They are pronounced just like oral ("regular") vowels, only using your nose as well as your mouth. To English speakers, a nasal vowel often sounds like a vowel with a half-pronounced "n" at the end of it. You can hear examples of nasal vowels at the end of the French words "bon" and "Jean," or in the middle of the word "Français."

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Also Used:
IPA symbol:
ã  a ã
ĩ  i ĩ
õ  o õ
ũ  u ũ

Buglere Consonants

We Use:
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Buglere pronunciation:
b    b Like b in boy.
ch  č  t Like ch in chair.
d    d Like the d in day.
g    g Like the g in girl.
j  h  h Like h in hay.
k  c, qu  k Like the k in kiss.
l    l Like l in light.
ll  y, j  d Like j in jar.
mb  m  mb A nasalized b sound, a little like the one in timber.
nd  n  nd A nasalized d sound, a little like the one in under.
ng    ŋg Like the ng in finger.
ny  ñ, nj  nd A nasalized j sound, a little like the one in ninja.
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.

Buglere Tones

Buglere is a tone language. Some syllables are pronounced with higher pitch than others. In English, the last syllable of a question is pronounced with high pitch, so you can hear the difference between sentences like "You see a man." and "You see a man?" In Buglere, such high and low tones are used in nearly every word, giving the language a lively sound.

There are two tones in Buglere, high tone and low tone. High tones are marked with an acute accent, like this:

a low tone
á high tone

Buglere Indian Pronunciation and Vocabulary Resources

   Buglere words
   Buglere picture dictionary
   The Chibchan language family
   Languages of Central America
   Indian pronunciation guides

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