Conversational Ilonggo: Pronunciation
Posted September 6, 2009on:
All Hiligaynon consonants are never aspirated, and all vowels
don’t have a long or schwa sound.
a – AH
e – EH
i – IH
o – O
u – OO
Vowels with the ^ symbol on top are pronounced with a sudden stop (due to character limitations, the ^ symbol is typed right after the vowel with a sudden-stop sound). For example:
la-YA^ – dry / dried
NA-mi^ – nice
KA-lo^ – hat / cap
*Tip: For a more convincing sounding Hiligaynon, the trick is to speak in the famous Negrense or Ilonggo melodious tone.
*Note: The words are formatted in syllables, those capitalized are stressed.