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Roumanhi is a beautiful language when spoken properly and the basics are fairly simple to learn. As it is not a written language the information below is a representation using English. The Roumanhis have particular rules of pronunciation which I will attempt to explain below.
The Roumanhi accent is a little like a Slavic one, with a lilt and yet a little guttural. A soft Russian accent may help you.

  • All 'R's are rolled - stronger if the R is at the beginning of a word (symbolised here by a capital letter) and softer in the middle (symbolised here by a small letter), e.g Roma (to love) and baroun (to shout).
  • 'KH' sounds like the 'ch' in Scottish loch - towards the back of the throat e.g. Kházakha would sound more like it began with an H.
  • Double vowels are long e.g. Raatian would sound like: Ra (rhymes with car) tian.
  • H' after a vowel is breathed in the back of the throat e.g. lahli (to be just) would be la-h-li.
  • If there are three vowels together e.g. Raounlay (darkness) sound the first vowel separately from the other two - Ra-oun-lay.
  • Accents marks change the sound of the vowels or shows the stress in the word. Each must be learned separately as there is no rule, although with verbs accent marks normally show where to stress the verb, e.g. Kházakha (noun) needs the 'a' to be a long sound like the 'a' in car. The 'a' at the end of the word sounds like the 'a' in cat i.e. Haah-zak-ha. With the verb élena (to behold) the accented vowel is stressed not lengthened. The stress can move with the changes in tense e.g. beheld (past tense) is elélena.
  • 'OU' sounds like the vowel sound in cow than shoe e.g. Row-man-hi.
  • An 'I' at the end of a word is nearly always pronounced like the sound of 'ee' and not 'eye'.



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