Pronunciation Guide

Mandinka is written in Roman and Arabic script. Each word is written in its original form, but spoken form has many contractions.

E.g. A ko a ye ko: he said to him saying.  [A kayi ko]

Consonants

b

c              always pronounced “ch” as in “chapter”

d

f

h             as in “house”

j               spoken loudly and almost like “g”

k

l

m

ñ             similar to in “onion,” or “nyah”

ŋ             a mix of “n” and “g” like “sing”

p

r

s

t

w

y

Common Double Consonants

mb

mf

mp

nd

nj

nt

Vowels- a, e, i, o, u, sometimes written twice for emphasis

Plural pronouns said in a low tone-

ń, m = we

Ì   = hey

Singular= n, m= I,             I   =   you

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