General Vowels

In the table below the general pronunciation of the consonants in Zarma is given.

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a e i o u


Vowels
Vowel Pronunciation Example
a
may be very short as in senate

may be medium short as in alike

may be quite long as in father

habu, ban


neera, nama

baba, fala

aa
is used for the long sound where there is a homonym. haabu, baan
e
may be long, as "a" in fate

may be medium as in merry
(similar to French è)

may be quite short as in end

yeni


neera, yeri


mare, mate

i
is generally long like "e" in he

is sometimes short, especially in closed syllables (those ending in a consonant), as in city

di, hi


jina, hima, sintin

o
is usually long, as in old


is rarely short, as in horn

bobo, koro

boro, fondo

u
is like "oo" in food bu, kulu, kuro
uu
is used where there is a homonym with longer vowel kuuru


Last updated: 07 februari 2012