Planting Life Pronunciation Guide

For the most part, you can pronounce words from the Planting Life conlang as they are written. I’ve tried to keep sounds and spelling as close to America Broadcast Standard (ie, what many of us have come to think of as ‘normal’ American English — what they use on TV) as possible. But if you don’t speak ABS, you can still just read as you normally would — just like English, this language has several dialects and accents. Your pronunciation can be one of them. That said, there are a few sounds in language that aren’t found in most English dialects. And vowels are much more limited. So below is a pronunciation guide for names and (further down) a sound chart for what each letter/letter grouping sounds like. I’m going to add sound files for each name as I can.

Pronunciation Guide

Aiulefengk — aiɯlɜfɜŋK Chainchyu — ʈ͡ʂaint͡ɕ (j)ɯ Chestef — ʈ͡ʂɜstɜf Chotaikytsai — ʈ͡ʂotaik(j)t͡sai Kolchais — Kolʈ͡ʂais Kyawtchais — k(j)ɑt͡ɕais Lefeng — lɜfɜŋ Paiespaiokp — paiɜspaioKp Paiokp — paioKp Penpy — pɜnp(j) Poutsnepstsaipn — poɯt͡snɜpt͡saipn Tsawaw — t͡sɑɑ Tsouchm — t͡soɯʈ͡ʂm Tsukstaifupy — TsɯKstaifupy


Below you’ll find each letter/letter combination as written, it’s International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbol (with link to pronunciation audio file), and (where markedly different from American Broadcast Standard) how it is pronounced.
As Written IPA Symbol How It’s Pronounced
p P
m m
n n
s s
l l
k K
ng ŋ
kh x
ch ʈ͡ʂ
ts t͡s
tch t͡ɕ
tchy t͡ɕ (j) Like the Spanish ‘ñ’, but replace the ‘n’ sound with ‘tch’, ‘tch-yah’
ty t(j) Like the spanish ‘ñ’, but replace the ‘n’ sound with ‘t’, ‘t-yah’
t T
f f
sh/zh ʂ/ʐ
py p(j) Like the Spanish ‘ñ’, but replace the ‘n’ sound with ‘p’, ‘p-yah’
ky k(j) Like the Spanish ‘ñ’, but replace the ‘n’ sound with ‘k’, ‘k-yah’
chy ʈ͡ʂ (j) Like the Spanish ‘ñ’, but replace the ‘n’ sound with ‘ch’, ‘ch-yah’
tsy t͡s (j) Like the Spanish ‘ñ’, but replace the ‘n’ sound with ‘ts’, ‘ts-yah’
e ɜ Like the ‘i’ in ‘bird
ai ai Like the ‘ie’ in ‘die’
u ɯ Like the ‘u’ in ‘put’
o o Like the ‘o’ in ‘pillow’
au ʌ Like the ‘ou’ in ‘bought’
aw ɑ Like the ‘aw’ in ‘saw’, but said towards the back of the mouth — pretend you are Sean Connery
You can listen to each sound on the IPA chart here.