Pronunciation Guide

Consonants

The consonants in Wenja and Izila are very straightforward and are pretty much just like English:

p

b

m

f

w

t

d

n

s

z

r

l

ch

j

sh

y

k

g

kw

gw

h

x

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p, as in pie

b, as in ball

m, as in mop

f, as in father

w, as in water

t, as in team

d, as in dad

n, as in noon

s, as in sock

z, as in zoo

r, as in Spanish r (i.e., trill / tap r)

l, as in log

ch, as in check

j, as in jam

sh, as in shoot

y, as in yes

k, as in kick

g, as in go

qu, as in quick

gw, as in gwen

h, as in hello

ch, as in Germ. Bach, Scot. loch, Heb. l’chaim

parcha

baya

mamaf

fumaygan

wadar

tashi

dashya

nawa

sasa

izila

hiraka

laykwa

charwa

jaysa

shantiya

yaka

kaka

gasuri

kwala

gwana

haya

dwax

Vowels

The vowels are a little trickier, but for those who have experience with Spanish, note the vowels are pronounced exactly as you would there:

a

ay

aw

i

u

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Spanish a, as in llama, similar to Eng. father

English i, as in hi

English ow, as in cow

English ee, as in cheese

English oo, as in boot

kaka

nay

chawgra

hisu

udam

Izila contains all the vowels of Wenja, plus a few more. We have most of them in English.

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ei

eu

o

oi

ou

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English e, as in bet

English ai, as in wait

eh-oo, with the vowels “eh” and “oo” together

English aw, as in law

English oy, as in boy

English ow, as in know

English uh, as in above

éti

héisom

kéuhom

blók

hóikos

lóuhom

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Stress / intonation

In Wenja, the stress (where the emphasis falls within the wor) is fairly predicatable.  Stress tends to alternate in Wenja, with every other syllable being stressed.  This creates a very rhythmic feel to the language: dáchamkúshlamágahájrahísu, etc. You find this in four-syllable words, too: àkistára, shàmbikwálashìyugwáyfa.

 

 

For 3-syllable words, sometimes the stress is on the first vowel: shántiyashnár-hadanshwádisha, but sometimes on the second: sunstáshmanhiyáwda, fumáyganizíla, hisúbar.  You’ll note that in these instances the vowels “i” and “u” are in the first syllable.


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Or you can just pronounce it like Alex:

In Izila, emphasis is indicated by a rise in the pitch of the voice in Izila, with the most important word being pronounced in a high pitch, and it falling afterwards to the end of the sentence.  This makes the language sound very sing-songy.  You’ll note the accents in the words above — these are the syllables you want to rise in pitch.  We see this in the following example:
Mókikos me wéyket. hókwes tewe spéksent.  Kwis twǝrhéis tosyo séhet?
The little bug attacked me. Your eyes saw him. Who let him from his cage?