I’ve receieved tons of messages about the Somali Bantu community and what I think about them. Are you serious? Why would you ask me that? I find messages like that quite confusing and offensive. It seems like you’re looking for a negative reply or something.
Here’s my answer to all of you:
The Somali Bantus are an ethnic minority group in Somalia,and I love and respect them as much as any other group in Somalia. Period.
You’re all very sweet. Thank you so much for the beautiful messages. So much appreciated! May Allah bless each one of you. Ameen
Thank you :)
Eid Mubarak to you too :)
J (Ja. Like when saying the English word Jar)
X (This is not X in English. More like the letter H in English, but not quite. The sound of this letter is not presented in English. Most people can’t pronounce it and make an ha sound because you have to use your throat. The way to pronounce this is by constriction of the throat. So it’s NOT the H sound in English, but a much sharper sound)
KH (This letter is also not presented in English. The sound of this letter is like how the Scottish people pronounce Ch. Like when they’re saying the word loch)
SH (Sha. sshhh sound. Like when saying Sharp)
DH (This letter is pronounced like when saying the D in the words: dance, do, don’t, dorky etc. The fat D)
C ( NOT C in English. The sound of this letter is also another one that’s not presented in English. Not easy to pronounce. This letter just like the letter X as mentioned is pronounce by constriction of the throat. The muscles in your throat are more tensed when pronouncing this letter. Imagine someone being strangled while they’re trying to speak,yup..it’s that sound lol)
G (Ga. Like when saying Ghana)
Q (Like when saying Qur’an. It’s a clicking sound produced by the back of the tongue and the further part of the mouth…mm,if that made any sense to you)
W (Wa. Like when saying WOW)
*You might be wondering where are the vowels? Don’t you worry. In Somali, we separate the consonants and the vowels. We then divide the vowels into two groups:
A (A. Like when saying Ant)
E (E. You pronounce this letter as how you’d pronounce the letter A in English. Like when saying Alien)
I (You pronouce this letter as how you’d pronounce the letter Ein English. Like when saying Easy)
O (This one is pretty much the same as in English. Like when saying the words: Old, Oxygen, Or etc.
U (NOT like the English U. Think of the word Uruguay (the country). Yup. It’s that U)
Long vowels (pronounced about twice as long as a single vowel)
Somali alphabet is very simple. I can definitely make a post :)