word (ex. nubivagant), language (ex. Portuguese), topic (ex. love),
part of speech (ex. noun), origin (ex. origin: Latin), first letter (ex. A)
Dictionaries use IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) to show pronunciations, but I’m not going to use it here because I think it’s far too complicated for our purposes. (Read more on why I don’t use IPA.) Instead, I put together a more basic pronunciation system, which be summed up in just three points:
If you remember these, the pronunciations should be readable without needing to open this guide at all. Neat! But if you forget, clicking the pronunciation symbols under any post will bring you back here.
More symbols may be added as I realize they’re necessary. This guide and any pronunciations derived from it are not 100% accurate; with that in mind, any fair criticisms about this guide will be considered and made useful, but unfair or particularly rude complaints will be gleefully ignored.
THE LONGER VERSION OF THOSE THREE POINTS
Symbols are strung together as sensibly as possible, stress marks go before the syllable they apply to, and hyphens separate the syllables, like so:
Note: These marks are designed for English sounds, but many of the words on Otherwordly are from other languages. The pronunciation on foreign-language words won’t be 100% correct, but it’ll be as accurate as possible.
- syllable break
' strong stress
" medium stress
weak/no stress (no mark)
au (ou) out
q (qu) queen
R [a rolled r, as in spanish]
U (yu) union [first letter] or (oo) tube [following another letter]
CH ich [hard]
zh (si) vision