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How to Pronounce "nj" sound?

Swahili has just been released in Beta today, so there aren't any audio recordings as of yet.

The beginning tips and notes section gives a pretty detailed guide on how to pronounce things, but it doesn't give the pronunciation for "nj." Would I pronounce it as an "n" followed by a "j," or does something else go on here like in "ng?"

February 20, 2017



Exactly like that, an "n" and a "j". Think about how you would pronounce the "nge" sound in the English word "fringe". It is kind of like that! I'll add that to the TN.


speaking of the Swahili "ng": I understand the explanation in the tips, how it's like the "ng" of "hang" or, phonetically, [ŋ]...is it always always always like that? or, if letters come after it, do you actually also pronounce a hard g? that is, in something like "langu", is "ngu" just [ŋu], or is it then [ŋgu]? If you don't know IPA or are otherwise confused as to what I'm asking, let me know.

only a few lessons in, but great course so far!


Langu is with [ŋg]. If the [g] sound is not there, it's spelt ng'. For example ng'ombe is ['ŋombe] but ngombe, if it were a word, would be ['ŋgombe] (that ŋ should be superscript there, but I can't type that).


Thanks so much for this.


Being a contributor to the Swahili course, do you know when this course will have audio? It's been a very frustrating issue for lots​ of learners here.

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