Saluto e selpresento / Greetings and self-introduction

After a really long break, as it’s been almost two years without a new article (thank you life for keeping me busy as hell), We’re continuing the journey inside the Kriollatino language.

As reminded by the very first articl from a while ago, every monosyllabic root contains a long vowel.

That monosyllabic root has a structure going from VC to CCVCC. In the latter case, CCVCC, the first consonant can be b, p, t, d, k, g; the second, s, đ, r, l, x. In final consonants: first consonant can be m, p, b, n, l, s, đ, k, g; the second consonant of final group is t, d, k, g, p, b, r, s, đ. If the first consonant of a cluster is voiced, then the rest of the cluster is also voiced.Also two consonants from the same category can’t form a cluster (I’ll about this later).

If it is voiceless, then the rest of the cluster is voiceless, thus we’ll never meet monosyllabic roots like “bse”, “epd”, “gpedk” or things alike but rather “pse”, “ept”, “ped”.


So now let’s give you something that can allow you to introduce yourself using this language.

Hello: Saluto (formal), Ołe! (interjection)

My name is Ernesto: Nómo de mi ése lo Ernesto.

I’m 22 years old: Mi éde lo 22 ános.

I live in Mexico: Mi víve en Mexiko

What is your name?: Nómo de tu ése lo kwe?

Where do you live?: Tu víve en kwo?

So if we put all this in perspective, it looks like this:

Ółe! Nómon de mi ése Ernesto. Mi éde 22 (dudes) ános e víve en Mexiko. Pri tu, nómo de tu ése lo kwe? Víve en kwo? Éde kwen?

(Hi! My name is Ernesto, I’m 22 year old and I live in Mexico. What about you, what’s your name? Where do you live? How old are you?)

Your turn!


Aboco / Alphabet, and how to read

As we’ll make most articles in written form, it is crucial as much as convenient to have a writing system to agree upon.

Countries using the Latin Alphabet officially

A sizeable part of humanity grew up using the Latin alphabet, dispatched on the five  continents: West, and Central Europe, Oceania, America and 2/3 of Africa (cf. map)

Even if it has no official use in countries like Russia, China, Japan, Korea, Arab countries and other oones that use a custom alphabet (Ethiopia and Greece, for examples), Latin script is still used in these countries to help visitors.

We’ll use Latin script which is the most used writing system in the world, and also the widespread. Other scripts can still fit for Kriollatino, (I’ll demonstrate this later, in another post), but for the convenience of everyone, all words, sentences, etc. will be written in the aboco.


A/a (a)is pronounced “Ah” like in bath (the British pronounciation)

Á/á (á) is a longer a and pronounced twice as long as A/a.

B/b (bo) is like the English b. noting new here.

C/c (co) stands for “ts” sound like in “brats“. It is pronounced “ts” wherever it is within the word.

Ć/ć (ćo) is pronounced like “ch” in “peach“.

D/d (do) is pronounced like the English “damn”.

Đ/đ (đo) is pronounced “z” in “zoo”.

E/e (e) is pronounced [e] like the “a” in “decay”.

É/é (é) is longer e or like “fair” (in an Australian accent).

Ê/ê (ê) is pronounced ike “uh”.

F/f (fo) is normal.

G/g (go) is pronounced like “g” in “guard”, in every position.

H/h (ho) is like in English.

I/i (i) is a shorter “ee” as in “bee” in English.

Í/í (í) is “ee” as in “bee” in English.

J/j is like “j” in the English “James”.

K/k and L/l are pronounced like in English.

Ł/ł is a bit special. It is pronounced “y” like in “yack”

M/m and N/n are pronounced like in English.

O/o is like “oh”.

Ó/ó is a longer version of the previous vowel.

P/p is like in English.

R/r has no equivalent in English, however it has the same sound as the Spanish “r”.

S/s is same as English.

Ś/ś is pronounced “sh” like in “fish“.

T/t is same as “t” in “tan”.

U/u is the same as “u” in “put”.

Ú/ú is the same as “oo” in “fool”.

V/v, W/w are pronounced the same as in English.

X/x is a Spanish jota, or a French “r”.

Y/y is like s in “leisure”.

Z/z is pronounced “dz”.

They are ordered: AÁBCĆDĐEÉÊFGHIÍJKLŁMNOÓPRSŚTUÚVWXYZ, which is 35 letters, for 35 phonemes. in comparison, English uses 26 letters to transcribe a phonetic system made of 13 vowels, 8 diphtongs and 25 consonants.

Q/q is not part of the Kriollatino alphabet, it can however be present in loanwords. In this case, it is pronounced “k” like in “kayak”.

Here are some words

Here are some words to begin pronounciating Kriollatino the right way:

  • Short vowels: aboco, eskapo, perdono, eskribo, perigo, aero, motoro, vehio, awrigo
  • Long vowels: dóno, dórmo, vío, éyo, sánto, vókdóno, máro