Tagalog Long Vowels (Stress) and Glottal Stops

Native Tagalog words are generally pronounced as they are spelled. * The only things that are not represented in spelling are: (1) long vowels, and (2) glottal stops [IPA symbol: ʔ] at the end of words.

An example of a glottal stop found in English is the sound represented by the hyphen in uh-oh!

* Commonly-used exceptions to this are ng and mga, which are pronounced as “nang” and “manga,” respectively.


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