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; T t : Like "t" in "stop".
 
; T t : Like "t" in "stop".
 
; W w : Like "w" in "wet".
 
; W w : Like "w" in "wet".
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; Y y : Like "y" in "yet".
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===Common dipthongs===
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; kr : Like "k" in "king" but pronounced deep in the throat. Like "cr" in "cream".
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; ng : Like "ng" in "sing".
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; dlerk : Like "ts lurk" in "cats lurk".

Revision as of 16:12, 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).

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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".
Y y 
Like "y" in "yet".

Common dipthongs

kr 
Like "k" in "king" but pronounced deep in the throat. Like "cr" in "cream".
ng 
Like "ng" in "sing".
dlerk 
Like "ts lurk" in "cats lurk".

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