This is part of the Hylian 101 set of entry-level resources that are intended for people who are interested in the Archaic Hylian language but don’t want to slog through the technical information in the AH grammar.
Archaic Hylian has 21 consonants. Using the Latin-based spelling, they are:
p, b, t, d, c, g, f, v, þ, ð, s, z, ş, z̧, m, n, r, l, j, w, h
Most of them are pronounced the same as in English. Notably, c is always pronounced hard like in Eng. cat, never soft like in Eng. cell. For example, Hylian cis ”bat” is pronounced just like the keese enemies in the games. The letter j is always pronounced like an Eng. “y” sound, like it is in German. The letters þ and ð are each pronounced like the first sounds in Eng. thistle and this’ll. And finally, ş is pronounced like Eng. “sh” as in the name Asher, and z̧ is pronounced like the first consonant in Eng. azure.
Archaic Hylian has 8 simple vowels (monophthongs) and four diphthongs:
a, e, i, o, u, æ, ø, y, ai, ei, oi, æo
A is pronounced like the “a” in Eng. father, and e, i, o, and u are pronounced as they are in Spanish. The vowel æ is the vowel in Eng. cat, and ø is basically the “a” in Eng. about or comma. The vowel y is like i except with rounded lips—it’s just like “u” in French or “ü” in German. The diphthong ai sounds like Eng. eye, the diphthong ei sounds like the vowel in Eng. hey, and æo sounds like the vowel in Eng. how. The oi diphthong can sound like the vowel in Eng. toy, but saying something like “uh-ee” would give a more accurate pronunciation.
To see how I’ve adapted the Skyward Sword alphabet for use in AH, see this post.
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