Wiyot Pronunciation & Basic Vocabulary
This content was originally created as a word-a-day 2019 calendar; but it is a great resource for learning basic Wiyot vocabulary, and is organized by pronunciation, so that you can practice reading & pronouncing small sets of words with similar sounds.
If you print out the illustrated flash cards via the links on each page, you can use your phone’s camera or any QR code scanning app (such as "Q" for Android) to scan the QR codes and hear each word spoken by a Wiyot speaker (Della Prince, Nettie Rossig, and/or Weaver Denman).
Unless otherwise noted, all audio is excerpted from the word & sentence lists recorded by William Bright, Karl Teeter, and Stuart Fletcher which are housed at the California Language Archive at the University of Berkeley.
- The letters a, e, i, ou, u represent SOME of the same vowel sounds that are spelled with these letters in English.
- The letters h, l, m, n, r, s, sh, w, y represent the SAME sounds as in English.
- The letters b, p, d, t, g, k, j, ch, q, qh, ts, tsh, v represent sounds that are SIMILAR to English, but with some special features unique to Wiyot.
- The letters & symbols ’, gh, lh, rr represent sounds that DO NOT EXIST and/or are not spelled in English! These are the most difficult sounds to learn.