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South African English  Voiced & Voiceless

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Please note: the words and symbols below refer to the British English sounds. They
are only provided for comparison.  Many of the South African sounds are quite different!

 

  bull/pull, big/pig, bin/pin, bowl/pole
gold/cold, good/could, goat/coat, gate/Kate
die/tie, down/town, dime/time, dim/Tim
van/fan, vine/fine, view/few, very/ferry, oval/offal

gin/chin, jug/chug, Jane/chain, June/tune, lunge/lunch, Jill/chill, Jew/chew, Jews' Day/Tuesday, hedge/fetch, danger/'doncha' = 'don't you'*

these/this, as/mass, has/hassle, puzzle/pestle
the/thing, thou/thousand (voiced: this, those,
th
em, clothes; voiceless: think, through, thorn, cloth)
Asia, leisure, seizure,
measure, treasure, pleasure
lagged/lacked, laughed/halved, nabbed/napped
   

 

* The sound is . Other examples of this sound:
'woncha' = "won't you", picture, miniature, feature, signature

Also: "do you" is often pronounced to sound exactly the same as "Jew"

 

Our warmest thanks go to ...

Speaker Geographical origin Date of recording Approx age

Unnamed
Unnamed

Johannesburg
Natal

Feb 10, 2006
Feb 10, 2006
50
22

 



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