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An Introduction to el Glheþ Talossan 2: The alphabet

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The Talossan alphabet is pretty easy to learn. There are very few exceptions to pronunciation (less than 20).

There are a number of consonant combinations, and pronunciations of letters in them take precedence over the basic pronunciations of the letters, unless the letter is doubled, in which case its basic pronunciation is compulsory.

Letters

A

  • Stressed: Sounds like a in "father"

  • Unstressed: Sounds like a in "about"

Ä

  • Sounds like a in "fat"

B

  • Sounds like b in "bell"

C

  • Before e or i: Sounds like ch in "check"

  • Everywhere else: Sounds like k in "kept"

Ç

  • Sounds like s in "saw"

D

  • Next to r, or anywhere between two vowels (even if there is a space between it and one of the vowels): Sounds like th in "this"

  • Everywhere else: Sounds like d in "dance"

Ð (ð)

  • Sounds like th in "this"

E

  • Stressed, at end of word: Sounds like ai in "fail", but without the i sound on the end.

  • Everywhere else: Sounds like e in "fell"

F

  • Sounds like f in "fairy"

G

  • Sounds like g in "good"

H

  • At end of word, after a vowel: Silent

  • Everywhere else: Sounds like h in "hand"

I

  • Stressed: Sounds like i in "machine"

  • Unstressed: Sounds like i in "give"

  • Between C and a vowel other than E: Silent

J

  • Sounds like y in "you"

K

  • This letter is uncommon. Sounds like k in "kept"

L

  • Occasionally, between vowels: Sounds like th in "this"

  • Occasionally, at end of word, after A, Ä, E, or I: Sounds like w in "well"

  • Occasionally, at end of word, after O, Ö, U, or Ü: Silent

  • Everywhere else: Sounds like l in "lost"

M

  • Sounds like m in "miss"

N

  • Before G, K, or C not followed by a vowel: like ng in "sing"

  • Everywhere else: like n in "not"

O

  • Sounds like o in "old"

Ö

  • Not in English. Sounds like e in "bell," but with lips rounded.

P

  • Sounds like p in "pink"

Q

  • Before U: Sounds like k in "kept"

  • Everywhere else: Sounds like cu in "cucumber" without the u.

R

  • Not in English. Rolled r.

S

  • Sounds like s in "saw"

  • Sounds like s in "saw"

T

  • Sounds like t in "tell"

U

  • Sounds like oo in "boom"

Ü

  • Not in English. Sounds like i in "machine" but with lips rounded.

V

  • Sounds like v in "very"

W

  • Sounds like w in "well"

X

  • Sounds like x in "fix"

Z

  • Sounds like z in "zebra"

Þ

  • Sounds like th in "three"

These are all the letters! The consonant combinations will be in the next lesson!

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