Pronunciation

VOWELS

VOWELNEAREST ENGLISH
EQUIVALENT
WOLOF
EXAMPLES
aabsorbbanta, tapa, santa
aafarlaaj, naaj, caabi
egetdem, lem, gerte
eewhereseet, leel
ésaybés
éésanewéér, réér
ëbirdkër, dëgër
iin, pitnit, simiis, timis
iimeetsiis, lii, kii
omomentxob, romba
óawenób, sóf
oodoorloo, soo
óóphonegóór, fóót
ucooknuyu, ubi
uumoontuuru, yuuxu

CONSONANTS

CONSONANTNEAREST
ENGLISH EQUIVALENT
WOLOF
EXAMPLES
bboybunta, ban
cchurchcaabi, ceeb
ddogdef, dara
ffirefas, fetel
ggooddogal, duga
jjobjambar, jox
kcoolkaala, kumpa
llandloolu, laal
mmoonmeew, dem
nnotnit, nax
ñonionñeebe, gaañu
pparkpare, soopa
rratraxas, réér
ssignsiis, safara
tstamptubaab, aate
wwarwaaw, rew
x(see note) *xale, xaalis
yyouryaay, yuuxu

* There is no English equivalent for this sound, it is a slightly guttural sound that is between x and k. It may also be pronounced merely as h, especially among non-natives.

PRENASALIZED CONSONANTS

CONSONANTWOLOF EXAMPLES
mbmbéy, mbam
ndndey, ndigga
ngngor
mplampa

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