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Important information about orthography (spelling) and pronunciation is listed below. If you have any questions, or suggestions please let us know.
The Western Abenaki language is not a difficult language for English speakers to learn to pronounce as most of its sounds are similar to sounds that exist in English. However, spelling can sometimes cause problems for language learners. It was not originally a written language, and there have been multiple different alphabets used.
Key of the Pronunciation
8 nasal sound like skunk.
A as in amen.
B as in boy.
Ch is sounded as 'ts.'
E as in label.
G is always hard, as in good and begin.
H as in hello.
I as in the double 'e' in free.
J is sounded like dz (ch and j are often interchanged).
K as in kill.
L as in loon.
M as in mom.
N as in nurse.
O as in notice.
P as party (p and b are often interchanged).
S as in the word school (s and z are often interchanged).
T as in the word time (t and d are often interchanged).
Ph never sounded as 'f'.
Always pronounce both letters, with the hard p sound followed by a short aspirate H sound.
U is sounded as 'u' in union.
W sounded as the 'ew' in flew, when followed by a vowel like 'w' in we.