Level 2Learn to Speak Adonese
By Matt Ragan

Lesson One: The Bavasel Alphabet and Romanized Bavasel

Modern Adonese, as maintained by the Adonese Cultural Bureau in Breonne, is a very regular language. Even now, after several hundred years, it retains its simplicity and regularity in usage as well as pronunciation. It is considered an extremely easy language to learn and master, and in fact, on Avalorr, it has all but replaced the native regional languages (though regional accents remain).

The people of the southern Avalorrean continent of Ritter are an exception to this, however, as they neither speak Adonese nor any language that sounds remotely like it. They have their own language. Although the sounds of the two languages are very different, the Ritter written system is very similar to Bavasel (Ritter script is more angular and runic, but the general shape of the characters are the same). This suggests that one originated from the other. It is still a matter of debate as to which race parented the written system, and scholars on both sides claim it was their race that created it.

For the practical reason of its simplicity, as well as the politico-economic power of the AEC, Adonese has become the unofficial common and diplomatic language of the Galaxy. The Cultural Bureau codified the Bavasel-to-Roman system in 2226 and it has been used for official Adonese-to-Terran English texts ever since.

Adonese has 9 vowel characters and 23 consonants. When written, some of these vowels and consonants are written with 2 roman letters to indicate the single Adonese character.

Vowels

  • A = cAr, bAr, fAr (not hAt or cAt)
  • E = thEre
  • I = hIt or India
  • O = glOry
  • U = bOOt
  • AE = hAte, bAit
  • EE = swEEt
  • Y = lIght, whY, eYe, bIte
  • OU = bOat, hOpe, gOat
Consonants
  • B = Bravo
  • D = Delta
  • F = Fox
  • G = Golf, not Genie
  • H = Hotel
  • J = Juliet
  • K = Kilo
  • L = Lima
  • M = Mike
  • N = November
  • P = Papa
  • R = Romeo
  • S = Sierra
  • T = Tango
  • V = Victor
  • W = Whiskey
  • Z = Zebra
Additional Consonants
  • GW = penGUIn
  • CH = unvoiced velar fricative (like the scottish "loch" or german "bach" or "ich")
  • SH = huSH
  • TH = weaTHer
  • NN = long N sound (like spanish Ñ, at the end of words it sounds like anya, enya, inya, etc.)
  • RR = trilled R (like romance languages, like Spanish)
Not Used in Romanized Bavasel
  • C = use K instead
  • Q = use Kw instead (Queen = Kween)
  • X = use Z or KS instead depending on the sound needed (Xavier = Zaevier or Texas = Teksas)
  • Y sound = when Adonese speakers try to transliterate English back to the native Adonese Bavasel writing system, they usually represent the Y sound with the i vowel character and another vowel character. So for example, "yes" = ies, "yankee" = iangkee, "yellow" = ielou, etc.

Pronunciation rules

Take care to pronounce all syllables and all letters, as there are no silent letters or syllables in Adonese. Which syllables are stressed or not depends on the speaker's home region on Avalorr, however, the following generalities are true:

  • If it has multiple syllables, stress the first.
  • If the word is the Object of a sentence (near the end of the sentence) stress the last syllable.
Other pronounciation examples and guidelines:
  • In English, when students learn the letters of the alphabet, they learn a "word form" of the letter, like ay, bee, see, and dee. This system is common to Bavasel as well, except the vowel sound is the short A, and the letters are pronounced like ba, va, sa, and sha.
  • There are no silent letters, no silent syllables, and no pronunciation exceptions. For example, in English you can have words like bow (archery) and bow (of a ship), or read (present tense) and read (past tense); exceptions such as these do not exist in Adonese. Different sounds are spelled differently and are always pronounced as they are written (bou, baw, reed, red).
  • If you find it hard to remember which syllables to stress and which to not, do not worry about it. In the rural regions of Adon, this varies widely from place to place anyway, so Adonese speakers will just conclude that you have an accent.

References

B V S SH G GW A AE
R RR K CH N NN E EE
P F L W Z H I Y
T TH D J M O OU U

Table 1: Bavasel Letter Order
(presented here to be read left-to-right, top-down)

 

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