Anishinabemowin Sound Chart

Boozhoo Niijiinkwenyag!

This is the Anishinabemowin Sound Chart we had to learn in one of my language classes. Our kinoamage inini made us repeat this at the beginning of our classes for the first few weeks of our semester. It does help you approach words and to learn to pronounce them better. Another tip, if you encounter a long word you are having trouble pronouncing, sound it out backwards ( example makademashkikiwaaboo sounded out from back to front like this: waaboo, kiwaaboo, kikiwaaboo, mashkikiwaaboo, makademashkikiwaaboo), or sound it out by syllable (mak  ade   mash  ki  ki  waa boo).

b — ba –baa–be–bi–bii–bo–boo

ch–cha–chaa–che–chi–chii–cho–choo

d–da–daa–de–di–dii–do–doo

g–ga–gaa–ge–gi–gii–go–goo

h–ha–haa–he–hi–hii–ho–hoo

j–ja–jaa– je–ji–jii–jo–joo

k–ka–kaa–ke–ki–kii–ko–koo

m–ma–maa–me–mi–mii–mo–moo

n–na–naa–ne–ni–nii–no–noo

p–pa–paa–pe–pi–pii–po–poo

s–sa–saa–se–si–sii–so–soo

sh–sha–shaa–she–shi–shii–sho–shoo

t–ta–taa—te–ti–tii–to–too

w–wa–waa–we–wi–wii–wo–woo

y–ya–yaa–ye–yi–yii–yo–yoo

z–za–zaa–ze–zi–zii–zo–zoo

zh–zha–zhaa–zhe–zhi–zhii–zho–zhoo

Double Vowels

aa-ah in About

ii – e as in bee

e – a as in may

oo – as in food

Short Vowels

a- uh in cut

i -ih as in lit

o as o in low