Wolof Pronunciation Guide

Vowels ♦ Consonants ♦ Prenasalized Consonants

Vowels

Grapheme English Equivalent Wolof Examples
a absorb banta, tapa, santa
aa far laaj, naaj, caabi
e get dem, lem, gerte
ee where seet, leel
é say bés
éé sane wéér, réér
ë bird kër, dëgër
i in, pit nit, simiis, timis
ii meet siis, lii, kii
o moment xob, romba
ó awe nób, sóf
oo door loo, soo
óó phone góór, fóót
u cook nuyuubi
uu moon tuuru, yuuxu

Consonants

Grapheme English Equivalent Wolof Examples
b boy bunta, ban
c church caabi, ceeb
d dog def, dara
f fire fas, fetel
g good dogal, duga
j job jambar, jox
k cool kaala, kumpa
l land loolu, laal
m moon meew, dem
n not nit, nax
ñ onion ñeebe, gaañu
p park pare, soopa
r rat raxas, réér
s sign siissafara
t stamp tubaab, aate
w war waaw, rew
x loch (Scottish pron.) xale, xaalis
y your yaayyuuxu

Prenasalized Consonants

Grapheme

Wolof Examples

mb

mbéy, mbam

nd

ndey, ndigga

ng, ŋ

ngor

nj

njam, njàmpe

mp

lampa

Adopted from: http://resourcepage.gambia.dk/ftp/wollof.pdf

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