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


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a sounds like English word car
ae
ai
ao
au
b sounds like p at end of words
b sounds like p at front of words followed by most consonants
b sounds like b at front of words when followed by l or vowel
bk
bl
bng
ch sound like ice; odd; arm.
ch
ch glottal stop when in middle or end of words
d sounds like halfway between d and 'th.' Almost like 'dh'
dk sounds like halfway between d and 'th.' Almost like 'dh'
e sounds like English word red
ea
ee sounds like English word stale
ei
eo
eu
f (borrowed words)
h (borrowed words)
i sounds like English word tin
ia
ie
ii sounds like English word seen
io
iu
k sounds like g if between vowels
k sounds like k if at front, end or next to consonant
kb sounds like k if at front, end or next to consonant
kd
kl
kng
kt
l sounds like l. 'll' sounds like strongly emphasized l
ld
lk
ll
lm
lm separate syllable
ls
lt
m seperate syllable when at front followed by constantants except for l
m sounds like m. 'mm' is strongly emphasized or repeated in successive syllables.
ml syllabic blend when at front followed by l
n- (borrowed words)
ng
nor
contrast Palauan words with 'ng' to comparable English words with just 'n'
ng (borrowed words)
ng
ng
sounds like 'ng' (ŋg); syllabic blend.
ng
ng
ng
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.
o sounds like English word home
o- o- sounds different from ou-
oa
oe
oi
oo sounds like English word soul
ou
p (borrowed words)
r sounds like English tapped r as in 'matter' and 'ladder'
rd seperate syllable when followed by consonant and at front of words
rr strongly emphasized; can be trilled.
rt
s sounds like s
sm
t sounds like t
tb
tk
tm
tng
ts (borrowed words)
u sounds like English word tube
ua
ue
ui
uo
uu sounds like English word blue
z
ziu
ə sounds like English word nickel

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