Sunday, September 20, 2009

Conversational Ilonggo: Pronunciation

The Ilonggo or Hiligaynon dialect has a simple pronunciation. Its consonants are never aspirated, and all vowels don’t have a long or schwa sound. The proper way to speak is through the mouth as there is no nasal sound to it. Another tip is to speak in the melodious carinosa or loving tone the dialect is famous for.

a – AH

e – EH

i – IH

o – O

u – OO

Vowels with the ^ symbol on top are pronounced with a sudden stop (due to character limitations, the ^ symbol is typed right after the vowel with a sudden-stop sound).

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