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===Vowels===
 
===Vowels===
  
; A a : Like "a" in "cat". -
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; A a : Like "a" in "cat".
; E e : Like "e" in "bet". -
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; E e : Like "e" in "bet".
; I i : Like "ee" in "feet". -
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; I i : Like "ee" in "feet".
; O o : Like "o" in "hot". -
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; O o : Like "o" in "hot".
; U u : Like "u" in "put". -
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; U u : Like "u" in "put".
  
 
===Consonants===
 
===Consonants===
  
; B b : Like "b" in "bead".
 
; C C : Like "c" in "car".
 
 
; D d : Like "d" in "dad".
 
; D d : Like "d" in "dad".
; F f : Like "f" in "fortune".
 
 
; G g : Like "g" in "get".
 
; G g : Like "g" in "get".
; H h : Like "h" in "hand".
 
 
; J j : Like "y" in "yet".
 
; J j : Like "y" in "yet".
; K k : Like "k" in "oak". -
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; K k : Like "k" in "oak".
 
; L l : Like "l" in "let".
 
; L l : Like "l" in "let".
; M m : Like "m" in "man". -
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; M m : Like "m" in "man".
; N n : Like "n" in "no". -
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; N n : Like "n" in "no".
; P p : Like "p" in "pan". -
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; P p : Like "p" in "pan".
 
; Q q : Like "c" in "car".
 
; Q q : Like "c" in "car".
 
; R r : Like "r" in "road".
 
; R r : Like "r" in "road".
; S s : Like "sh" in "shot". -
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; S s : Like "sh" in "shot".
; T t : Like "t" in "stop". -
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; T t : Like "t" in "stop".
; W w : Like "w" in "wet". -
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; W w : Like "w" in "wet".

Revision as of 16:03, 13 April 2008

Inuktitut is the name for the varieties of Inuit spoken in Canada. It is an Eskimo-Aleut language that known for being a language with lots of very long agglutinative words, owing to the fact that there are a very large number of infixes (parts of speech which modify the meaning of a word), but it does not have the same irregularities as Indo-European languages. There is also a rumour that the language has hundreds of different words for snow, in reality there are only four (these four are: spread-out snow aput, snow like salt pokaktok, newly-drifted snow akelrorak and soft snow mauyaôlertok). There are a few (not hundreds) of words relating to snow eg. snow block (auverk), igloo (iglu), snow knife (panar), snow on clothes, boots etc. (ayak).

Pronunciation Guide

Vowels

A a 
Like "a" in "cat".
E e 
Like "e" in "bet".
I i 
Like "ee" in "feet".
O o 
Like "o" in "hot".
U u 
Like "u" in "put".

Consonants

D d 
Like "d" in "dad".
G g 
Like "g" in "get".
J j 
Like "y" in "yet".
K k 
Like "k" in "oak".
L l 
Like "l" in "let".
M m 
Like "m" in "man".
N n 
Like "n" in "no".
P p 
Like "p" in "pan".
Q q 
Like "c" in "car".
R r 
Like "r" in "road".
S s 
Like "sh" in "shot".
T t 
Like "t" in "stop".
W w 
Like "w" in "wet".