lesson 0 - sounds


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toki pona has 14 letters in its alphabet:

a e i k j l m n o p s t u w

general guide to pronounciation

~ vowels

the vowels are similar to spanish.

a [ä] - like a in father

e [e̞] - like e in let or ten

i [i] - like ee in bee

o [o̞] - like o in cone

u [u] - like oo in soon

(note that the comparisons to english words are approximations and may not be accurate depending on your accent, i recommend going by the IPA symbols inside the square brackets for a more accurate idea of the correct pronunciations)

~ consonants

most of the consonants are just like english, except j. j is always like y in yellow

~ stress

don't be stressed, you don't have to pronounce the letters exactly as i say, you can pronounce things slightly differently if it feels natural - for example, you could soften your p, t, and k sounds into b, d, and g sounds!

oh and also, you always have to stress the first syllable of every word.


try to pronounce these words. they should feel familiar to you.


should sound like lookin'


should sound like money


should sound like tempo


should sound like yellow


should sound like moo


should sound like one


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