3. Klinkers/Vowels

Klinkers/Vowels

Click below to listen (Afrikaans)

Daar is vir alle praktiese doeleindes vier soorte klinkers in Nama.
For practical purposes four kinds of vowels are distinguished in Nama.

1. Kort klinkers /Short vowels

Seun Son Axab
Wanneer When Hamo
Gister Yesterday ║ari
Môre Tomorrow ║ari
Later Later Ega
Groet Greet Tawete
2. Lang klinkers/Long vowels

Kom            Come          Hā
Gee              Give            Mā
Gaan weg  Go away    Bē
Daad           Deed           Dīb
Kry              Get              Hō
Vat              Take            Ū
3. Genasaleerde klinkers/Nasalised vowels

Staan          Stand          Mâ
Vra              Question   Dî
Stuur          Send            Sî
Gaan           Go                !Gû
4. Diftonge/Diphthongs

In Nama behou elke letter sy eie klank; byvoorbeeld in Khoeb word die o apart gehoor en die e ook – nie soos in Afrikaans waar die oe as u uitgespreek word nie.
In Nama each letter keeps its own sound; for instance in Khoeb the o must be heard separately likewise the e. not as in English where au is pronounced as aa like in laugh.

Vasmaak   Fasten        !Gae
Siek             Sick             |aesen
Sing             Sing            ║nae
Terug         Go back     Oa
Man            Man             Khoeb

 

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