Pronunciation Guide

 

All Pronunication Guide audio recordings have been provided by Myra Michano and Leah Michano.
 

Biigtigong alphabet:

a, aa, b, ch, d, e, g, h, i, ii, j, k, m, mb, n, nd, ng, nh, nj, ns, ny, nz, nzh, o, oo, p, s, sh, shk, shp, sht, sk, sp, t, w, y, z, zh

 

a
 
usually sounds like these grey boxes:
puck, done, sun, blood

 
Leah Michano – “a” pronunication
 

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aa
 
usually sounds like these grey boxes:
hockey, father, block, plop

 
Leah Michano – “aa” pronunication
 

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b
 
usually sounds like these grey boxes:
block, double, bolish, library

 
Leah Michano – “b” pronunication

(Exception) At the end of a word, “b” sounds like these grey boxes:
map, stop, leap, soap

 
Leah Michano – “p” pronunication
 

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ch
 
usually sounds like these grey boxes:
check, patch, much, watch

 
Leah Michano – “ch” pronunication
 

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d
 
usually sounds like these grey boxes:
dumplings, goodness, dance, paddle

 
Leah Michano – “d” pronunication

(Exception) At the end of a word, “d” sounds like these grey boxes:
boat, sheet, not, hit

 
Leah Michano – “t” pronunication
 

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e
 
usually sounds like these grey boxes:
egg, den, exactly, leg

 
Leah Michano – “e” pronunication
 

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g
 
usually sounds like these grey boxes:
good, logging, get, bigger

 
Leah Michano – “g” pronunication

(Exception) At the end of a word, “g” sounds like these grey boxes:
rock, speak, kick, smoke

 
Leah Michano – “k” pronunication
 

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h (glottal stop)
 
usually sounds like these grey boxes:
yellow, young, yonder, yipee

 
Leah Michano – “y” pronunication

(Exception #1 of 3)
When a glottal stop
 
• appears right after a consonant and right before “w”
 
it sounds like these grey boxes:

should, could, would, pudding

 
Leah Michano – “o” pronunication

(Exception #2 of 3)
When a glottal stop
 
• appears right after “o,” or
• appears right after “oo,” or
• appears as a word’s final letter right after “e,” or
• appears right after a ‘rabbit-eared’ letter and right before a vowel, or
• is itself ‘rabbit-eared’
 
it sounds like these grey boxes:

won’t, row, sewing, town

 
Leah Michano – “w” pronunication

(Exception #3 of 3)
When a glottal stop
 
• appears right after “d” and right before “e”
 
it sounds like these grey boxes:

up, done, club, run

 
Leah Michano – “a” pronunication
 

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i
 
usually sounds like these grey boxes:
mit, in, fish, is

 
Leah Michano – “i” pronunication
 

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ii
 
usually sounds like these grey boxes:
bee, eat, see, clean

 
Leah Michano – “ii” pronunication
 

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j
 
usually sounds like these grey boxes:
jelly, lodging, jingle, badges

 
Leah Michano – “j” pronunication

(Exception) At the end of a word, “j” sounds like these grey boxes:
beach, patch, much, watch

 
Leah Michano – “ch” pronunication
 

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k
 
usually sounds like these grey boxes:
kind, checkers, cool, bucket

 
Leah Michano – “k” pronunication
 

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m
 
usually sounds like these grey boxes:
moon, family, woman, jam

 
Leah Michano – “m” pronunication
 

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mb
 
usually sounds like these grey boxes:
bumblebee, lumber, thimble, ramble

 
Leah Michano – “mb” pronunication
 

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n
 
usually sounds like these grey boxes:
net, stone, rain, bean

 
Leah Michano – “n” pronunication
 

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nd
 
usually sounds like these grey boxes:
sandy, ending, condition, wonder

 
Leah Michano – “nd” pronunication

(Exception) At the end of a word, “nd” sounds like these grey boxes:
plant, don’t, paint, stunt

 
Leah Michano – “nt” pronunication
 

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ng
 
usually sounds like these grey boxes:
sing, rung, bang, pong

 
Leah Michano – “ng” pronunication
 

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nj
 
usually sounds like these grey boxes:
spongey, hinges, tinged, bingeing

 
Leah Michano – “nj” pronunication

(Exception) At the end of a word, “nj” sounds like these grey boxes:
bench, munch, conch, wrench

 
Leah Michano – “nch” pronunication
 

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nz
 
has no clear equivalents in English.
 
Leah Michano – “nz” pronunication

(Exception) At the end of a word, “nz” sounds differently, but has no clear equivalents in English.
 
Leah Michano – “ns” pronunication
 

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nzh
 
has no clear equivalents in English.
 
Leah Michano – “nzh” pronunication

(Exception) At the end of a word, “nzh” sounds differently, but has no clear equivalents in English.
 
Leah Michano – “nsh” pronunication
 

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o
 
usually sounds like these grey boxes:
should, could, would, pudding

 
Leah Michano – “o” pronunication
 

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oo
 
usually sounds like these grey boxes:
row, boat, road, show

 
Leah Michano – “oo” pronunication
 

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p
 
usually sounds like these grey boxes:
pickerel, sapling, hop, soapy

 
Leah Michano – “p” pronunication
 

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s
 
usually sounds like these grey boxes:
sun, possible, grass, space

 
Leah Michano – “s” pronunication
 

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sh
 
usually sounds like these grey boxes:
shoreline, pushing, mash, slapshot

 
Leah Michano – “sh” pronunication
 

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sk
 
usually sounds like these grey boxes:
skin, mask, casket, score

 
Leah Michano – “sk” pronunication
 

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sp
 
usually sounds like these grey boxes:
sport, whisper, especially, lisp

 
Leah Michano – “sp” pronunication
 

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t
 
usually sounds like these grey boxes:
turtle, boat, ten, hot

 
Leah Michano – “t” pronunication
 

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w
 
usually sounds like these grey boxes:
windmill, wow, power, weak

 
Leah Michano – “w” pronunication
 

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y
 
usually sounds like these grey boxes:
yes, toy, young, employment

 
Leah Michano – “y” pronunication
 

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z
 
usually sounds like these grey boxes:
zebra, paws, keys, nosey

 
Leah Michano – “z” pronunication

(Exception) At the end of a word, “z” sounds like these grey boxes:
moss, ice, pass, greasy

 
Leah Michano – “s” pronunication
 

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zh
 
usually sounds like these grey boxes:
pleasure, seizure, closure, measure

 
Leah Michano – “zh” pronunication

(Exception) At the end of a word, “zh” sounds like these grey boxes:
bullrush, mash, wash, push

 
Leah Michano – “sh” pronunication
 

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