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. 

SPELLING NOTES: 

  • 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, wy represent the SAME sounds as in English.
  • The letters bpdtgkjchqqhtstshv represent sounds that are SIMILAR to English, but with some special features unique to Wiyot.
  • The letters & symbols ghlhrr represent sounds that DO NOT EXIST and/or are not spelled in English! These are the most difficult sounds to learn.

Basic Wiyot Vocabulary: Vowels

Aa
Ee
Ii
OUou
Uu
 

Basic Wiyot Vocabulary: Consonants

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Bb
Pp
Dd
Tt
Gg
Kk
GHgh
Hh
Jj
CHch
Ll
LHlh
Mm
Vv
Nn
Qq
QHqh
Rr
RRrr
Ss
SHsh
TSts
TSHtsh
Ww
Yy
 

Basic Wiyot Vocabulary: Simple Words & Phrases

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