Kayan phrasebook

The Kayan language is one of the major languages of Borneo. It is spoken not only in Sarawak, Malaysia, but over a much larger area in Indonesian Kalimantan. Unlike some other Bornean languages, Kayan retains a large measure of uniformity over all this area.

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Kayan is an easy language to learn. Kayan language contains a lot of loanword from Malay, English, Chinese, Iban and many other local languages. There are tones or gender to be observed in daily conversation with the Kayans. In Malaysia, the Kayan Baram and Kayan Rejang dialect are nearly unintelligible with one other. Generally, Kayan would be referred to as Kayan Baram. This phrasebook is dedicated solely to Kayan Baram dialect.

a 
like ‘a’ in “father”
ê 
like ‘e’ in “vowel” (schwa)
e, é 
like ‘e’ in “bed”
i 
like ‘ee’ in “beet”
o 
like ‘ow’ in “low”,without the “w” sound
u 
like ‘oo’ in “hoop”, in open positions,such as in final “uh” and “uk” combinations.
b 
like ‘b’ in “bed”
c 
like ‘ch’ in “China”
ch 
old spelling of c
d 
like ‘d’ in “dog”
f 
like ‘ph’ in “phone”
g 
like ‘g’ in “go”
h 
like ‘h’ in “help”
j 
like ‘j’ in “jug”
k 
like ‘c’ in “cat”; at ends of words, a glottal stop like the stop some people use to pronounce “something” as “sump’n.”
kh 
like ‘ch’ in “loch” or ‘c’ in “cat.”
l 
like ‘l’ in “love”
m 
like ‘m’ in “mother”
n 
like ‘n’ in “nice”
p 
like ‘p’ in “pig”
q 
like ‘q’ in “quest” (most commonly with “u”, and only in Arabic borrowings)
r 
like ‘rh’ in “rheumatism”
s 
like ‘ss’ in “hiss”
sy 
like ‘sh’ in “sheep”
t 
like ‘t’ in “top”
v 
like ‘ph’ in “phone” (rarely used)
w 
like ‘w’ in “weight”
x 
like ‘cks’ in “kicks”
y 
like ‘y’ in “yes”
z 
like ‘s’ in “hiss”, like ‘z’ in “haze”, like ‘dg’ in “edge”

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