Help:IPA/Estonian and Finnish

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The charts below show the way in which the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) represents Estonian and Finnish pronunciations in Wikipedia articles. See Finnish phonology and Estonian phonology for a more thorough look at the sounds of these languages.

IPA Examples English approximation
Consonants
b Finnish bussi big
ç Finnish vihma, lyhty human, huge
d Finnish ladot adept
h hevonen horse
ɦ vaha ahead
j joulu yoyo
k kala scold
l laulu lack
[1] Estonian only: jälk leep
m metsä, onpa may
n nenä nanny
ŋ vangita eating
[1] Estonian only: vann onion
p puu spill
r rauta rolled r
s sinä sole
[1] Estonian only: vastik super (some dialects)
t tina stand
[1] Estonian only: vatt RP stew
ʋ viha Between v and w
x Finnish kahvi yech, Scottish English loch
Stress
ˈ hevonen Normally placed on the first syllable.
hernekeitto
[ˈher.nekˈkejt.to]
Both first syllables in some compound words.
tule! [ˈtuˈle] Both syllables in two-syllable imperatives.
IPA Examples English approximation
Vowels
ɑ pouta Like father, but shorter
ɑː poutaa father
æ pöytä cat
æː päivää mad
e terve let
eesti émigré
i viha feet
siika feed
o oksa like thought but shorter
koostaa saw
ø pöly No English equivalent; somewhat like bird but shorter
øː säröön Somewhat like bird
ɤ Estonian only: õlu Somewhat like wood; RP long ago
ɤː Estonian only: õõnsus Same as above but longer
u surma wood
suu, ruoan coop
y Finnish kesy
Estonian küla
No English equivalent; somewhat like cube
Finnish ryyppy
Estonian rüüpa
Somewhat like too

Finnish diphthongs

IPA Examples English approximation
Diphthong
ɑj aika aisle, eye
ɑw aura how (British)
æj äiti main in some Australian dialects
æɥ täytyy down (American)
ej ei, hei heyday
ew neutraali No English equivalent. Spanish and Italian neutro.
keskeytyä no English equivalent
ie̯ kieli (standard pronunciation) no English equivalent
iw viulu somewhat like kiwi
IPA Examples English approximation
siistiytyä No English equivalent
oj koittaa, koettaa coin
ow outo American pronunciation of no, oh
øj töitä No English equivalent. French feuille.
øɥ pöyristyä roughly like the British pronunciation of no, oh
uj muita No English equivalent. Spanish muy, French grenouille, Portuguese anuis, Italian lui.
uo̯ Suomi (standard pronunciation) Somewhat like woah. Italian suo.
yj syitä No English equivalent. Somewhat like French huit.
yø̯ , työtä (standard pronunciation) No English equivalent. French pollueuse.

Estonian diphthongs

/ɑe/, /ɑi/, /ɑo/, /ɑu/, /æe/, /æi/, /æo/, /æu/, /eɑ/, /ei/, /eo/, /iu/, /oɑ/, /oe/, /oi/, /ou/, /ɤɑ/, /ɤe/, /ɤi/, /ɤo/, /ɤu/, /øɑ/, /øe/, /øi/, /ui/, /yi/.

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d In Estonian, palatalized consonants, /tʲ nʲ sʲ lʲ/, are pronounced like their non-palatalized counterparts, but the tongue is constricted towards the hard palate as if a simultaneous /j/ were being pronounced.

References

  • Asu, Eva Liina; Teras, Pire (2009), "Estonian" (PDF), Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 39 (3): 367–372, doi:10.1017/s002510030999017x 
  • Suomi, Kari; Toivanen, Juhani; Ylitalo, Riikka (2008), Finnish sound structure, ISBN 978-951-42-8983-5 

External links

  • Pronunciation of Finnish in a nutshell
  • Pronunciation of Estonian geographical names
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