Sunday, June 28, 2009

Pronunciation Request: U, Û, Z and '

Patrick requested additional explanation on the following latini letters and pronunciation.

Z, u, û and ‘

I will start with z.


Z is pronounced like the English z; like the z’s in buzz or zoom.

This sound is tricky to explain with words. It is not a sound found in English.

But from this website of Arabic pronunciation, I found an explanation that may be helpful.

Think of it as a catch of the throat, like the h in hour.


Like the “oo” in book, cook and crooked.


Like the “oo” in woo, coo and baboon.

I hope this is helpful.

As always, please feel free to ask for help!