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PRONOUNCIATION GUIDE
The wolof pronunciation system is relatively simple. Every symbol stands for only one sound, that is every symbol is
pronounced the same way in every word.
The distinction between short and long vowels is very important, because it is sometimes the only way to distinguish pairs of
words which have different meanings. Long vowels are always doubled, while short vowels are not.
There is a lot of prenalization in wolof. There usually occur with nasals such as m, n, etc...
VOWELS
As indicated, wolof vowels are either long or short. A long vowel is indicated a doubling of the symbol, and it must be
pronounced a little longer than a short vowel (which is not doubled). Long and short vowels can occur anywhere in the word.
Vowel
a
aa
e
ee
é
éé
ë
i
ii
o
ó
oo
óó
u
uu
CONSONANTS
E
F
G
I
J
M
N
O
P
Q
x
S
U
V
W
Z
[
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Nearest English Equivalent

Wolof Examples

absorb
far
get
where
say
sane
bird
in, pit
meet
moment
no
door
phone
cook
moon

banta, tapa, santa
laaj, naaj, caabi
dem, lem, gerte
seet, leel
bés
wéér, réér
kër, dëgër
nit, simiis, timis
siis, lii, kii
xob, romba
nób, sóf
loo, soo
góór, fóót
nuyu, ubi
tuuru, yuuxu

ER\
FKLQFKXUFK
GRJ
ILUH
JRRG
MRE
FRRO
ODQG
PRRQ
QRE
RQLRQ Q\
KDQJ
SDUN
UDW
VLJQ
VWDPS
ZDU
EHWZHHQKDQGN
\RXU

EXQWDEDQ
FDDELFHHEFDDPRx
GHIGDUD
IDVIHWHOIRND
GRJDOGXJJD
MDERRUHMR[
NDDODNXPSD
ORROXODDO
PHHZGHP
QLWQD[
xHHEHJDDxX
PD
SDUHVRRSD
UD[DVUHHU
VLLVVDIDUD
WXEDDEDDWH
ZDDZUHHZ
[DOH[DDOLV
\DD\\XX[X

PRENASALIZED CONSONANTS
PE
QG
QMQJ
PS
Ø

PEp\PEDDP
QGH\QGLJWH
QJRUQJD
ODPSD
WDØNDOXØND

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