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Consonants - Similar (Eng & Afr)

 

Pronunciation the same in both languages. Note that examples mix real and fake words.


Bbek, bethoek, bed, bees
Ddalmon, dempel
Ffuur, folheel, falseman, feeslem, fas, flekkie
Hhant, hand, hond, hoppel, heelhou, help, holdeste, hekhaak, hoener, hotpot, hoophop
Kkolskoot, klabbe, kospot, klap
Llekkie
Mmeen, molhaan, manna
Nneem, naskeel, nuutste, nooit, nopsok, nothek, namma, nopsol
P plek, pothemp
Ssat, slakpas, splint, sopheet, stop, slokhoop
Ttas, toplop, taklas

Letters not in Afrikaans

C, Q, X, Z Not used in Afrikaans except for some foreign words, mainly from French and Latin.

CC= S or K e.g. sirkel

kan, kon, sirkel, kanseleer, kat, konferensie
silinder, siklus, sailkel, kalkuleer, kaptein
kalsium, kursief, katastrofe. koek, kyk
QQ=KW e.g. kwart

kwessie, kwetter, kwaai, kwel, kwelling
kweek, kwats, kwas, kwart, kwanta, kwantum
kwagga, kwakkie, kwallie, kwik, kwikster
XX=EKS e.g. ekstra

eksemplaar, ekspiasie, ekstrapoleer, eksperimenteer, indeks
ekstrak, ekstemporeel, ekwivalent, ekwestreer, ekstraheer
deksteriteit, ekse, eksie, eksteen, eksleks, ekstra-ekstra
ZZ=S 

Exceptions

_DWords ending in a D, are devoiced, meaning, they are pronounced like the word is ending in a _T
Examples: hand, wind, land, oond.
H + OOPronounced like "Wh..." in English

hoop ("whip"), hoon ("whin")
H + EEPronounced like "Yea.. e.g. year.

heel ("yeal"), hemel ("yeamuhl"), heet ("yeat")