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Khuzdl Pronunciation

In Khuzdl, like the Eldarin languages, there appears to be no silent letters. Every syllable is fully heard, except when two letters form a combination with a sound of its own. These English-letter combinations are actually distinct letters of their own in the Angwar alphabet, therefore each of these will be treated as its own entity in this document. If any combination is not listed here, pronounce each letter separately.

Longer versions of vowels (ex. and from u) are not included in this list.  They are pronounced by drawing out the sound of the vowel; in length u < < .

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A: "ah"; as in "father", not "rather"

AI: "ey"; long a sound

AU/AW: "ah-ow"; slightly drawn-out and dulled

B: "buh"

D: "duh"; sharply spoken with the tip of the tongue

DH: "dduh"; dully spoken with the flat of the tongue

E: "eh"; short, not long

EA: "ee-eh"; like in the English word "ear"

EU/EW: "eh-oo"; a mix of shortened E and U sounds

F: "fuh"

G: "guh"; sharply spoken

GH: "ghuuh"; dully spoken and slightly gutteral

GHW: "ghwuuh"; dully spoken and slightly gutteral

GW: "gwuh"; sharply spoken

H: "huh"

HW: "hwuh"

HY: "hyuh"

I: "ih"; short i sound in all place except when ending a word, then pronounced "ee"

J: "juh"

K: "kuh"

KH: "kghuuh"; slightly gutteral K

KHW: "kghwuh"

L: "ul"

LH: "lhuh"

LL: "ulll"; drawn-out l sound, spoken with the flat of the tongue

M: "mm"

MB: "mmb"

N: "nn"

ND: "nn-duh"; like in the English word "end"

NG: "nn-guh"; similar to the "-ng" of the English word "sing"

NGW: "nn-gwuh"; "-ng" with a "-wuh" sound attached

NJ: "nn-juh"

O: "oh", long o sound

OA: "oah"; like an American Deep-South "oar"

OU/OW: "ow"; strongly pronounced

P: "puh"

R: "rr"; with a bit of a burr

S: "ss"

SH: "shuh"

T: "tuh"; sharply spoken with the tip of the tongue

TH: "tuuh"; dully spoken with the flat of the tongue

U: "oo"; long, not short

V: "vuh", "vv"

W: "wuh"

Y: "yuh"

Z: "zuh"; strongly spoken

ZH: "zhuuh"; not quite slurred

schwa: "uh"; like a shortened and lightened short u, the sound a has in the English word "about"

: a glottal stop sound