MASKOKE PRONUNCIATION GUIDE

a c e ē f h i k l m n o p r s t u v w y z vo ue

The little slash on top of a vowel (á é í ó ú áŋ íŋ úŋ) shows which part of the word is loudest.

ayo

a

Long as in father

or when it occurs before h or k

akketv

a

Short as in box

cesse

c

like ch in such

or sometimes

taklik-cvmpv

c

Sometimes pronounced like j

efv

e

Short as in if

ē

ēkvnv

Long as in feed

fo

f

As in foot

Sometimes between vowels

ehvfe

f

Sounds like v

hvcko

h

As in heel

h

As in hey

At the end of sentences

Lētkis

i

As in bed

kapv

k

As in skin

Sometimes

ekvnv

k

Sounds like g

lucv

l

As in low

meskē

m

As inmouse

nerē

n

As in not

makhú

o

long as in code

Or

opv

o

short as in hotel

penwv

k’

As in spin

Or

sapet

o

short as in hotel

mayá

m

like in map

niséhu

n

like in nap

osní

o

like in the Canadian way of saying “oh geez!”

pahá

p

like p in in spill
(i.e. no air behind it)

or when it occurs between vowels

sápa

p

like b in oboe

phahá

ph

like in pill

čhup’ó

p’

the sound p followed by a glottal stop

ská

s

like in so

šiná

š

like in ship

tópa

t

like in still
(i.e. no air behind it)

or when it occurs between vowels

até

t

like d in adapt

thípi

th

like in till