Aa – like lava

Bb – like bat; also [β] in the International Phonetic Alphabet

Dd – like they and/or day

Ee – like ever

Ff/Phph – like four/park; also [ɸ]

Gg – like garden

Hh – like hi

Ii – like breeze

Jj – like yes

Kk – like kind

Ll – like love

Mm – like me

Nn – like night

Oo – like oh

Pp – like pie

Rr – a rolled r

Ss – like sea

Tt – like total

Thth – like thank

Uu – like soon and/or Finnish y and/or ö (interchangeable)

Vv – like very

Ww – like wet

Yy – Alternate form of Uu

Zz – like zebra

Additional sounds:

AE/ae – like cat

Ao/ao – like a+o, or ‘caught’

Finngreek is phonemic, meaning that words are pronounced the way that they look. Also, many of the sounds in are interchangeable, meaning you can choose how you wish to pronounce them from a set of options.

Emphasis of words (which syllable the stress is placed on) is defined by two factors. If a word has twin vowels (aa, ee, ii, oo, uu – also written á, é, í, ó, ú), then that is the stressed syllable. If there are no twin vowels, then the emphasis falls on the first syllable, or wherever you feel comfortable placing emphasis. For example:

Lala (‘song’) = LA-la
Lalaa/Lalá (‘to sing’) = la-LAA

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