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Language: Pronunciation

Generally, the Selanian language is a very soft-spoken tongue. Harsh sounds are foreign to it. All consonants that sound harsh or hard in the English language must be toned down. The following examples describe the differences between the English and the Selanian languages.

 

Vowels

Vowels are all pronounced in the European form, as in do, re, mi, fa. The vowel u is pronounced as in Luna, or like the two o’s in boot.

 

Consonants

C is always pronounced as in cake, even if it comes before i or e, but not as harshly as a k. It is never pronounced like an s, as in the word celebrate.

G is always pronounced as in garden, even if it comes before i or e. It is never pronounced like a j, as in the word germ.

J is always pronounced softly, as in the French jardin or je, never as in judge. The English language tends to pronounce j as dge, such as in the word grudge. To pronounce the Selanian j correctly, just leave out the d. Pronounce like the s in vision.

R is rolled softly on the tip of the tongue. It may be compared to the voiced purring of a cat.

Ch is a soft, vibrant, and unvoiced sound produced by letting air pass between the back of the tongue and the roof of the mouth. It is pronounced softly, as in the German word Licht, never harshly as in the German Bach or the English church.

 

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