Learn To Speak Klana Lesson #1: Pronunciation

Learn how to pronounce the Klana Language vowels and consonants, plus learn a few words and simple sentences!

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The Klana language isn’t hard, but it isn’t necessarily easy either. It is technically a constructed language as far as I know. I know someone who speaks it much much better than I, and their entire Hearth uses it for daily communication. I truly admire the Ruje family.

They speak Klana with Klanichtas, and the language of the area when talking to non-klanichtas. I consider myself to be quite well with klana, these folks however… if you only knew.

Word is that one of them is planning on uploading videos to YouTube in the near future. Let us hope so!

LEAVE A COMMENT SAYING YOU DEMAND THE RUJICHTAS TO MAKE VIDEOS

I really really want them to XD

 

 

Ok, so back to pronouncing Klana. It’s pretty simple. So let us start with the vowels, A E I O and U

How To Pronounce Vowels In The Klana Language

Unlike in English, the letter Y is never used as a vowel

always has the sound of the “O” in bot or hot.

has a sound half way between the  in them and the ey in they, unless at the end of a word, it is a long sound like an emphasized version of the ey they. When the letter appears by itself, it sounds the way it does when not at the end of a word.

always sounds like the ee in feet.

always sounds like the oa in boat.

always sounds like the oo in boot.

When you see two vowels together, like these:

AI always sounds like the English word eye.

AU always sounds like the OW in cow.

How To Pronounce Consonants In Klana

This is where pronouncing Klana can be a bit difficult, especially for an English speaker. It has a few sounds not found in English.

Let’s start with the things that sound like you would expect them to.

B, D, F, K, L, M, N, P, R, S, T, W, Y, Z   These all sound like you would expect them to sound in English.

You may have notice that quite a few letters were missing up there, notably:

C, G, H, J,  and V.

Note that the following letter aren’t used in Klana: Q and X

The Letter C always sounds like the CH in CHip.

When you see the letters CH written in a word, that is the same as the English SH. It sounds like the SH in SHip.

The letter always sounds like the the Arabic letter ghain or similar to the french r in au revoir.

The letter is a gutteral H, very aspirated and made by pushing a lot of air into the pronunciation of your H.

The letter is a difficult one to explain.

Think about the word MEASURE.  The S in meaSure is kind of like a very soft J sound. The J in klana is like a very soft version of that. So it is twice as soft as the sound represented by S in measure. 

The  in klana is also very soft. You make an English V sound by pressing you upper teeth against your bottom lip. In klana, you do kind of the same but you don’t really press hard at all. In fact, the Rujichtas say that they don’t even touch their upper teeth to the bottom lip at all. These say they “fake” the v sound kind of like the way a “t” sound can be faked think of a british person saying little, but it really is a bad example)

When you see a KH this is a gutteral K sound. You make the K sound, but put some distortion into it.

 

Practice with these basic words:

ej – I, me

vu – you

um – they, them, gender neutral pronoun

e – is, am, are

guce – well, good, fine

na – no, not

with these words you can even make some simple sentences:

ej e guce* = I am good

e vu guce = Are you ok? (Are you good/well/fine?)

 

ej e na guce* = I am not good (i’m not ok/well/fine)

* while ej e guce is technically correct, it isn’t spoken or written that way.

it would be spoken and written j’e guce = I am good.

with verbs used with ej, the e is dropped and the “j” sound is just added before the verb.

j’e na guce = i am not ok

 

And That’s It For Now For Learning How To Pronounce The Klana Language!

I hope I didn’t do too bad of a job explaining things, and I hope my post doesn’t look to ugly.