Finnish Pronunciation: «Alphabet and Pronunciation»
From Polyglot Club WIKI
I'll try to tell you about pronunciation of Finnish.
In common, it's easier than English writing/reading system. You read words precisely as they are written. But there are also some vital details you should always remember.
Alphabet[edit | edit source]
The alphabet in Finnish is composed of 29 letters:
a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, q, r, s, t, u, v, w, x, y, z, å, ä, ö.
The letters š and ž can occur only in loan words.
|W w||[ve:], [kaksoisve:]|
|Å å||[o:], [ruotsalainen o:]|
Long and short sounds[edit | edit source]
As soon as Finnish uses really few sounds, the length of similar sounds is important. As example - tapaan sinut "I meet you" and tapan sinut "I murder you".
ee, aa, oo, uu[edit | edit source]
So if you see ee, aa, oo, uu - read them loooong . Usual letters you read in a usual manner.
It is a bit trickier with long konsomants , that are also important. Try NOT to read them as two discreet k-k, t-t etc. Try that instead :
- Set your mouth as if you are ready to say it.
- Take a very short pause.
- Say the sound - but strongly.
Congratulations, you've done it! :)
Perhaps it would be good if you train a bit with kk, pp, tt.
mm, ss, rr, nn, ll[edit | edit source]
Sounds mm, ss, rr, nn, ll don't need such an articulation, just say them a bit longer.
Ä, Y, Ö[edit | edit source]
Ä, Y, Ö are authentic for Finnish.
- Ä resembles "cAt" or "bAd" in English.
- Y resembles German Über or French vU
- Ö resembles the same sound in German
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