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Borinsa
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Does your nation's language have any unique sounds?

Postby Borinsa » Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:17 pm

Two unusual (from an anglophone point of view) sounds that can be found in Borinsan are Lh and Dt.

Lh is actually pronounced as Hl, similar to how in English wh is actually supposed to be pronounced hw usually in some dialects.

Dt is the d-t hybrid sound that kind of has the popping quality to it. D and t are already closely related sounds.
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Postby Joija » Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:18 am

Any vowels with graphemes + “g” = a clicking “k” sound (e.g. Mõndāg is pronounced as “moon-deck” [say “deck” in a pseudo-Australian accent])

Js are stressed unless after any type of vowel (incl. accents, umaluts, etc. It doesn’t matter). That is with the exception of the letter “ij” which is pronounced the same as Dutch. Jōijā is pronounced “yoy-yei” (and “küja” (cat) is “kyu-ha”).

If two graphemes are put together, they are pronounced like they are in English (e.g. “īōlijk” (disgusting) is pronounced “e-o-leck”).

Ä - “ya”
Ë - “ye”
Ï - “yi”
Ö - “yo”
Ü - “yu”

Ā - “ei”
Ē - “ay” (like what mumble rappers say)
Ī - “e” (sounds like the “y” in “neurology”)
Ō - “oy”
Ū - “oo”

Æ - “ae” (like the scottish greeting)
Œ - “we” (sounds like “oui” in French too)
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Postby Mountain Pygmies » Mon May 27, 2019 10:54 am

It's not the sounds we have, it's the sounds we lack. We lack p,b,m,f, and v. Though we do have the alveolar lateral fricative, AKA, Ll in Welsh(when properly pronounced).

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Postby Gigaverse » Mon May 27, 2019 11:12 am

People would agree that Estarin and Siudika are not too difficult to pronounce - they're pretty close to Japanese in terms of their phonological inventory.

We can instead discuss Daphalian:

Meet the pair /β/ and /ʋ/, and the sounds /ʝ/ and /ŋ/.

Regarding the pair first: Encoded by ⟨v⟩ and ⟨w⟩ in standard Daphalian orthography, the foreign layman's ear will likely not distinguish between the two and perceive them as, roughly, the /v/ sound that exists in English. The difference between the two: ⟨v⟩ /β/ is closer to a breathier /v/ (so let's say, somewhere between /v/ and /h/); while ⟨w⟩ /ʋ/ is somewhere between the sounds /v/ and /w/ that coexist in English.

Onto the sounds:
- /ʝ/ is a sound familiar to modern Greek speakers, but otherwise quite alien to speakers of other languages - it is the voiced counterpart to /ç/ (as /ɡ/ is to /k/), which is best described as "English ⟨sh⟩ but breathier". /ʝ/ itself is closest to English ⟨y⟩, as in "you", "year"; it is thus hard to discuss this sound outside a linguistic scope.
- /ŋ/ is not a very common sound to be found at the start of syllables in Indo-European languages. You see it with English -ing. Daphalian also uses this phoneme sparingly, but more so than other IE counterparts.

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Mew Mew Province
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Postby Mew Mew Province » Mon May 27, 2019 11:15 am

Of course we have! We have mew...~mew

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Postby Neu Thuringen » Mon May 27, 2019 11:38 am

Because of the cultural mixture between English, French, German and Uzßko(pronounced you-shy-zo) people, the main German language in Neu Thuringen suffered some modifications and new sounds. This is how the "Neu Deutsche" dialect of German was born

The "ch" group suffered some modifications in the north-western part, where Neu Thuringen united with British and French land. The French do not pronnounce "h", resulting in a changed pronunciation of "ich" overtime, (from eeh to eek). Meanwhile, the British would pronounce "ich" as "itch" in "itchy". Some of that region pronounce "ich" as "ikz" or "iks", a combination of the above pronunciation. Most of these changes were caused by UK and French low/middle-class workers that started learning German for easier communication between them and the Germans of Neu Thuringen. These families had more or less access to schools.

The "ßzk" group is often heard in the middle-west of Neu Thuringen, where the Uzßzko tribes live. Germans use this group to represent a sound in the Uzbko dialect that couldn't be reproduced in any other German group. It is pronounced "shyzee". While the word itself doesn't have any meaning in the Uzbko dialect, it is used in different words like "ßzkka"(shy-zee-za) meaning "thank you". The Neu Deutsche dialect has adopted this group and some words from the Ußzko.

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Postby Kombinita Socialisma Demokratio » Mon May 27, 2019 11:44 am

Most odd phonemes to anglophones
Ĥ (x) as in loch or Bach
EŬ /eu̯/ as in extreme exageration of the Received Pronunciation of the English interjection 'oh' or Latin seu

Most odd combinations of phonemes to anglophones
eŭr /eu̯/r
scs st͡s
kn kn
kv kv
[longer consonant clusters in general]
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Postby TURTLESHROOM II » Mon May 27, 2019 1:27 pm

TurtleShroomian English, while heavilly accented and thus having differences in its dialect, does not have any sounds unique to it that do not exist in the general English language as a whole.

Notably, though, there are twenty-seven letters in the alphabet in TurtleShroom. The TurtleShroomian alphabet still includes the ampersand (&) to be the twenty-seventh "letter", a practice that most Anglophone nations did away with some time after 1899 AD.

Three additional symbols are taught alongside the alphabet: the copyright symbol (©), the registered trademark symbol (®), and the general other trademark symbol (™). These three, unlike the ampersand, are not part of the "core" alphabet, nor are they sung.
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Postby Irplandia » Fri Jul 01, 2022 8:49 pm

k is pronounced like the ch in loch, c is pronounced like ch, s is sometimes pronounced like sh, and there are a LOT of other unique sounds in the language (Irpä)
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Does your nation's language have any unique sounds?

Postby The Cannaland Islands » Fri Jul 01, 2022 10:52 pm

Cannalandic is a conlang i started over 3 years ago but started its 4th version only 6 months ago

i added wy /ʍ/ and yn /i:n/ a while ago

we have q, and q`, q is a gutteral kh sound, q` is the same sound but longer and slightly closer.

we use the soft d (similar to danish) (called "ölsün d") which sounds like /ðˀ/ (Glottalized Unvoiced 'th' sound) and a smooth r ("ölsün r") which sounds like /əɹ̠˕/ (english uh sound followed by english r sound with weak articulation)

We use Tyronian Et (⁊) to represent "The" (gyï, /d͡ʒi/)

"gy" makes the sound /d͡ʒ/ as in "GIF", or "bridge"
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