Pronunciation

Alphabet in Indonesian

Abbreviations are often used in Indonesian. There are literally thousands of commonly used acronyms and abbreviations, and they pop up in profusion in every domain of life. It is important to be able…

The Alphabet and History

The Indonesian term for “alphabet” is abjad, and for “letter (of the alphabet)”huruf. Both these words are borrowed from Arabic. Just as the English word “alphabet” derives from the first two letters of the…

Pronouncing Indonesian

For the most part the spelling of Indonesian is regular and fairly faithfully follows the sounds of the language. But there is one letter in Indonesian that represents a different sound from what is usually represented by the same letter in English.

Letter H

When /h/ appears at the end of a syllable in Indonesian it is very lightly, but audibly, breathed. rumah putih teh sekolah lebih setengah murah kuliah The /h/ sound is, in fact, always…

Letter K

Like the English plosive consonants /t/ and /p/, the sound /k/ in English is usually heavily aspirated. You can hear the puff of air that accompanies the /k/ sound if you say the…

Letter R

In Indonesia, most people (but by no means all people) trill or roll the consonant /r/. Some English-speaking learners find this hard to do, but if you can succeed in doing it your…

Letter P

In the speech of most native-speakers of English, the /p/ sound, like /t/, is heavily aspirated, that is, in most sentence environments it is pronounced with a puff of air. If you listen…

Letter T

In the speech of most native-speakers of English, the /t/ sound is heavily aspirated. What this means is, in most sentence environments it is pronounced with an audible hiss or spit of air….

Letter C

Letter C For the most part the spelling of Indonesian is regular and fairly faithfully follows the sounds of the language. But there is one letter in Indonesian that represents a different sound…

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