Help:IPA for Mbamigi

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The chart below shows how the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) represents Mbamigi pronunciations in CWSP wiki articles.

Consonants
IPA Examples English approximation
b bimi ban
mb ulu amber
d dib̃aa dense
nd uŋo lend
ɡ gomi good
ŋɡ ezo finger
j oliu[1] yoyo
l lib̃i lag
m mug̃a man
n nae name
ŋ ŋoba long
w ui [2] way
z zaɂa zoo
ʔ ɂonu oh-oh!

(a catch in the throat)

Vowels
IPA Examples English approximation
a aɂi roughly like father (shorter)
muŋaa roughly like father
ɛ eg̃am let
ɛː eeŋea similar to British square
i iŋɂo happy
iizagu least
o oliu British north (shorter)
oone British tore
u zaɂu somewhat like put, or like boot but shorter
diuu boot
Diphthongs
IPA Examples English approximation
aɛ̯ nae (no equivalent)
ai̯ daim my
ao̯ gao (no equivalent)
au̯ daubam crowd
ɛi̯ eili day
ɛo̯ zageo (no equivalent)
ɛu̯ eub̃a (no equivalent)
oɛ̯ iaɂoe (no equivalent)
oi̯ zoio boy
ou̯ nouze mode
  1. The sound [j] is written as i before another vowel.
  2. The sound [w] is written as u before another vowel.