This page shows example words and some explanations for Palauan pronunciations of the Palauan letters and various blends.
For more thorough explanations, please refer to the Malsol and Josephs books.

 

Palauan Sounds


Filter results:
Audio    LettersPalauanExplanation
achadsounds like English word car
aerael; baeong; baelengel; orreuaes; chemaet; kaer
aibail; kldoraib; toitai; melkaik
aodaob; obeberaod; ultingaol; klloaol
auchaus; ngellau; kausechesech; omengesiau; rirriau
bblai; buiksounds like b at front of words when followed by l or vowel
bbrer; btuch; btar; btuu; bduusounds like p at front of words followed by most consonants
btub; tilecheb; mengobsounds like p at end of words
bkbkul; bkisall; bkuuk; bkebkall
blblai; bloes; blekeradel; blngob
bngbngak; bngal; bngei; bngob; bngebngel
chchais; chad; charmsound like ice; odd; arm.
chrachel; meched; dengchokl; olechiisglottal stop when in middle or end of words
chchull, chiull, iull, iuul
ddaob; medalsounds like halfway between d and 'th.' Almost like 'dh'
dkdkois; dmak; dngod; drumksounds like halfway between d and 'th.' Almost like 'dh'
eserssounds like English word red
eaeanged; kileald; meanges; ulngeasek; okeangel
eedeel; melteet; kleed; metekeel; ngeessounds like English word stale
eichei; olsesei; keis; ngalimesei; edeichem
eoeolt; keoll; oleong; sekocheoch; ouraelkeobel
eukleu; udeul; eungem; meteu; modeuades; keuert; chelleleu; euaitiud; uleuoll; cheuais; chileuertii; bekeuel
fFurusato; fenda(borrowed words)
hHuan; honto; haibio; harau; Hesus; hoter(borrowed words)
isilssounds like English word tin
iadiall; iau; ngiaoch; chiach; odekiar; dongchiang
ieiedel; iengel; kiengei; mechieb; ngiekii; deliekl; kedesauliengel
iingii; terriid; mrelmii; chelebechiil; bekokuii; ochemiil; choieliisounds like English word seen
iodioll; tsiok; okiokl; chetioll; orokioliu; milekioud
iuiungs; recheliu; cheriut; kdemiu; uliuid; riuoru; mekekikiut; mechiuaiu
kkar; ker; kaholsounds like k if at front, end or next to consonant
kolekar; olekiis; mekeald; rekas; milkolksounds like g if between vowels
kbkbokb; klou; kldoraib; klsakl; klsib; klteket; kmard; kngtil; ksous; ktuibsounds like k if at front, end or next to consonant
kdkdekudel, kdor, kdill, kdul, kdoel
klkemedukl; mengitakl; sumechokl; mimokl; bikl
kngkngtil; kngibech
ktrakt; sikt; medakt
llius; blai; llel; laok; melai; rael; mengol; melib; oliksounds like l. 'll' sounds like strongly emphasized l
ldcheldukl; kldemel; bldoel; uldubech; ldaol; ldesel; ldall
lklkes; lkem; lkungel; lkil
llllel; llach; kall; techall; mellemau; kelloi; mellib; ollik
lmdelmerab; ralm
lmlmangel; lmed, lmodech; lmuches, lmuut, lmiuseparate syllable
lsbilsengel; milseseb; lsal; lsecham; lsekum
lteolt; ltel; ltang; ltkel
mmur; smecher; demmamsounds like m. 'mm' is strongly emphasized or repeated in successive syllables.
mmchibii; mdelmii; mkisii; mngeklii; mrechii; msebsii; mtechirseperate syllable when at front followed by constantants except for l
mlmlai; mle; mlemlil; mlechiisyllabic blend when at front followed by l
n-namari; nas; nebtai; nori; nurs(borrowed words)
ngngau; ngor; nguis; meleng; iungs; ng oles.sounds like 'ng' (?g); syllabic blend.
ngngklem; Ngkeklau; nglaos; nglatech; ngmasech; ngmui; ngmai; ng blai; ng mlai; ngmatel.separate syllable; may be pronounced as 'm' when followed by B or M. May be pronounced as 'n' when followed by T, D, S, or R.
However, surveys on facebook seem to contradict these: ng as m and ng as n.
ngkangkei; kangngob; bangngo; bangk; bangkeik(borrowed words)
ngngais, nice, ngor, norcontrast Palauan words with 'ng' to comparable English words with just 'n'
ongorsounds like English word home
o-omechas,oumechas,omalk,oumalk,omenged,oumenged,ongalek,oungalek,oked,oukedo- sounds different from ou-
oaoach; doedoall; sokoakl; mekoar; choas; doall; ulekoad
oeboes; bengoel; oeached; toechelel; oeng; mengetoem; melengoes; tilboech
oirois; boid; choiroir; melidoid; mengiloil; soiseb; chachoit; ngloik
oodekool; telooch; cheldool; silekoolsounds like English word soul
ouklou; ouang; kasoues; touch; omerous; blerrous
pPapa; nappa(borrowed words)
rkar; rekas; charsounds like English tapped r as in 'matter' and 'ladder'
rdrdiil; rsel; resechek; rtangelseperate syllable when followed by consonant and at front of words
rrrrom; rruul; orrebet; terriid; kerrekar; rrat; rretengelstrongly emphasized; can be trilled.
rtdort; kurtii; bart; ochertall; mertii
ssiseball; mesuub; bilissounds like s
smsmiich; smecher; smosau; smaod; smeked; smuuch
tteruich; tuu; tutau; omartsounds like t
tbtbak; tbil; tbetball; tbmam; tbidel; tbebum
tktkael; tkul; tkool; tkeuel; tkekill; tkoall; letkiu; betkou; ketked; klautkeu
tmtmuul; tmeteu; tmak; tmuu
tngtngakl; tngekll; tnged; tngeklel
tstsios; tsiui; tsesa; tsuingam(borrowed words)
ubungsounds like English word tube
uasualo; sualed; kauar; tuabd; uauch; uasai; ouuas
uechesuerngam; ocheduel; iliuekl; dileuedeuii; klaiuedingel
uibuil; oduis; oltuir; merkui; nguik; ruidm
uosuobel; kuoll; tuong; diluodo; menguodel; eimuo; kiuoku; mekuoku, tuobed
uubeluu; uluud; luuetang; bkuuk; uudes; uul; uuked; olidiuulsounds like English word blue
zzori; daiziob; miuzium; ziu
?ngikelsounds like English word nickel
WARN Table 'belau.log_bots' doesn't exist
INSERT INTO log_bots (page,ip,agent,user,proxy) VALUES ('pronounce.php: ','54.224.141.20','CCBot/2.0 (http://commoncrawl.org/faq/)','','')