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The Tongan vowel A for beginners! All you need to know about the vowel A.
- IT IS ALWAYS PRONOUNCED AS (AH)!
- There are marks (diacritical marks) added to the vowels which gives it a special pronunciation.
- The toloi (macron) gives it a long vowel (ā) AH sound.
- The fakaʻua (glottal stop) gives it a short sharp (ʻa) AH sound.
- The fakamamafa pau (definitive accent) gives it an exaggerated (á) AH sound at the end of a word. Think of resume and resumé.
COMPARE with the more complex English vowel a:
- THERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS TO PRONOUNCE THE A VOWEL
- MAN has an (ae) sound
- MARS has an (aer) sound
- MAKE has an (ei) sound
- MA has an (ah) sound