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Below is the romanization used for writing Asha'ille — that is, how to write Asha'ille with our alphabet, rather than their native script.

Consonants

Pronunciation Examples
b /b/ as in bad badh /bɑð/ soil
c /k/ as in cat caea /ˈkeə/ world
ch /ʧ/ as in church chenya / ˈʧɛnjɑ/ cavern
d /d/ as in dog daed /ded/ two
dh /ð/ as in these dhaen /ðen/ litter (of cats)
f /f/ as in fact farlei / ˈfɑɹle/ hey
g /g/ as in gap gishór /ɡiˈʃoɹ/ hot
gh /x/ as in Bach, Chanukah ghadi /ˈxɑdi/ teeth
h /h/ as in hot haláin /ˈhɑlɑi̯n/ tree
j /ʤ/ as in jump jonae /ʤoˈne/ goodbye
jh /ʒ/ as in measure, beige jhi /ʒi/ yes
k /k/ as in kite kache /ˈkɑʧɛ/ cold
l /l/ as in leaf larijh /ˈlɑɹiʒ/ smart
ln /ɫ̃/ as in ulna, but blended together
(technically a nasalized dark L)
lnad /ɫ̃ɑd/ self
/lː/ as in solely
(held longer than a normal l)
lokeii /loˈkelːi/ breeze
m /m/ as in more máèn /mɑˈʔɛn/ trail
ml /m͜l/ as in Heimlich maneuver, but blended together mleidriàjhai /ˌm͜ledɹiˈʔɑʒɑi̯/ mentor
/mː/ as in calm man
(held longer than a normal m)
îamev /ɪmːˈɑmɛv/ to snuggle
n /n/ as in note nagá /nɑˈɡɑ/ rat
/nː/ as in unnamed
(held longer than a normal n)
ei /ɛnːˈi/ I
p /p/ as in pot palae /pɑˈle/ grain
r /ɹ/ as in ring
(always pronounced, unlike in a British accent)
riman / ˈɹimɑn/ hunger,
asárn /ɑˈsɑɹn/ mixture
s /s/ as in sock saethen /ˈseθɛn/ grass
sh /ʃ/ as in share shav /ʃɑv/ to speak
t /t/ as in top teshirit /tɛˈʃiɹit/ elder
th /θ/ as in thing thiyan /ˈθijɑn/ line; queue
v /v/ as in very vajhír /vɑˈʒiɹ/ splendor
y /j/ as in yes
(can be part of a consonant cluster)
yulav /juˈlɑv/ to choose
gyarov /ɡjɑˈɹov/ to run
z /z/ as in zoo zeirn /zeɹn/ nose

Any consonant can be stuttered as part of the normal spelling and pronunciaton of the word. This is written as a double consonant: alád /ɑˈlɑd/ flooring vs allad /ɑlə̆ˈlɑd/ meeting.

Vowels

Pronunciation Examples
a /ɑ/ as in wasp, not aghol /ɑˈxol/ evil
ae /e/ as in day face
("pure" vowel like in Spanish, without English's offglide)
aeg /eɡ/ three
ai /ɑi̯/ as in my, high aidev /ɑi̯ˈdɛv/ to halt
e /ɛ/ as in bed, dress edh /ɛð/ this
ei /e/ as in day face (same as ae)
("pure" vowel like in Spanish, without English's offglide)
eidrina /eˈdɹinɑ/ patience
i /i/ as in happy ide /ˈidɛ/ center
î /ɪ/ as in sit îllev /ɪˈlɛv/ to love
o /o/ as in toe, soul oshyen /ˈoʃjɛn/ butter
u /u/ as in you, threw uyan /ˈujɑn/ blue

Acute accents (´) mark irregular stress: shanago /ʃɑˈnɑɡo/ spice vs shánago /ˈʃɑnɑɡo/ flour.

Grave accents (`) mark a glottal stop (that catch-in-your-throat sound in the word uh-oh) preceding the vowel: achya /ˈɑʧjɑ/ hey vs aàch /ɑˈʔɑʧ/ boiling.

Carons (ˇ), or inverted circumflexes, mark a glottal stop preceding the vowel plus irregular stress: aǎchev /ɑˈʔɑʧev/ to boil.

Diaereses (¨) mark a word as a question; see the question words page for more details on their pronunciation.

Native Script

See the page on Asha'ille's native script, the kateinu yiréb, for the native sorting order and other details about their script.

Phonology

See the phonemic inventory page for a more linguistically-inclined description of the sounds of Asha'ille.

Hat-tip to Carsten Becker's very well-designed pages for inspiration.