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MarjaSunday 06th of March 2005 11:54:39 PM
Faroese alphabet - Right ok, heres the Faroese alphabet and the pronunciation of the letters, diphthongs and letter groups. :)

In the pronunciation column, the letters in bold correspond to the phoneme of the letter(s).

Alphabet

Format
Letter Name ---- Pronunciation (Long / Short)

Aa fyrra a ---- yeah / hat
---- French: loire / hot
Bb be ---- ball
Dd de ---- day
Đ edd ---- (mute) (silent in final position; otherwise taking on value of surrounding vowels)
Ee e ---- beer / get
Ff eff ---- fair
Gg ge ---- get (silent in final position; otherwise taking on value of surrounding vowels)
Hh h ---- house
Ii fyrra i ---- eat / hit
fyrra ---- Spanish: muy / -
Jj jodd ---- yes
Kk k ---- key
Ll ell ---- look
Mm emm ---- man
Nn enn ---- not
Oo o ---- phonetic / for
---- though / French: heure
Pp pe ---- pen
Rr err ---- grab
Ss ess ---- sun
Tt te ---- top
Uu u ---- food / put
---- German: Bemhung / French: beureau
Vv ve ---- vet
Yy seinna i ---- feed / hit
seinna ---- Spanish: muy / -
seinna a ---- yeah / hat
---- French: beureau / summer

Diphthongs and letter groups

Format
Diphthong ---- Pronunciation

ei ---- eye
ey ---- hate
oy ---- boi

r ---- grab
dj, ge, gi,gy,gey,gj,ggj ---- jaw
ft ---- bitter
hj ---- yet
ke, ki, ky, key, kj ---- chew
rn ---- hadnt
ll ---- saddle
sj, sk, ske, ski, sky, skey, skj ---- ship

NB. These pronunciations are based on a British accent.

If there are any problems or questions, feel free to PM me.