Ecclesiastical Latin Pronunciation Guide

Pronouncing Church Latin is very different from pronouncing American English, and on the whole, much simpler. The most important thing to remember about Ecclesiastical Latin is the vowels, which are described immediately below. (Spanish-speakers rejoice!)

Vowels

A = ahh E = ayh I = eee O = oh U = ooo Y = eee

Vowel groups (Diphthongs)

ae = ayh au = ow (as in cow) oe = ow (as in cow)

Consonants

C = “kuh” before A, O, U “chuh” before E, I, AE, OE

G = “guh” before A, O, U “juh” before E, I, AE, OE

H = silent

J = yuh

R = rolled like Spanish or nasal like French/German

S = sss (not z)

X = ks

Z = dz

Consonant groups

cc = tch ch = kuh gn = nyuh ph = f th = t xc = ksh, before e, i, y

Consonant & vowel combinations

(This one is a little tricky!)

ti = ts before a vowel unless s, x, or t precedes it (For example, tentationem is tayhn-tahts-eee-oh-nayhm but hostia is ohs-tee-ah)

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