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The chart below shows how the International Phonetic Alphabet(IPA) represents Walloon language pronunciation in resource articles. For a guide to adding IPA characters to resource articles, see {{IPA-wa}} and Resource: Manual of Style/Pronunciation § Entering IPA characters.

  IPA   Examples English approximation
b barbôjhe bin
ç schåyî[2] hue
? Scottish loch, German Bach
d deût do
d? djanvî jeep
f f festival
? gayole, gueuye gain
h[2] hagnon hatch
k stoumak, cwand sky
l lére loo
m monde moo
n nawe no
? dignité roughly like canyon
p aprinde spy
? arester French frère
s[3] sûner, cénk, çoula, dissu sing
? chal, shijhinme,[3]xhaxhler[2] shelf
t tins stop
t? tchestea chip
v vint love
z zûner zoo
? jhon[2] leisure
j yebe, beacôp yes
w walon, moes wind
  IPA   Examples English approximation
Short vowels
a gade RP pat
e évôs hey
? efant, dalaedje bet
? pitit kit
? soris off
ø djeu bird
? atouwer book
y pus Scottish cute, French rue
Long vowels
?:[5] djåzer, diâle large or board
?:[6] gaiyté, fêye bed or Scottish bait
i: pî see
o: rôze board
u:[7] n cool
y: ût Scottish cute, French rue, but longer
Nasal vowels
[5] blanc croissant
? bén roughly like ring
[6] rinde Chopin
djondou roughly like American bone
oe? djun roughly like sung


  1. ^ Walloon consonants are devoiced word-finally, i.e. /d/ changes to [t], /d?/ to [t?], /z/ to [s], and so on. This is not shown in the spelling.
  2. ^ a b c d The groups ⟨sch⟩, ⟨jh⟩ and ⟨xh⟩ are all realized as simply in certain dialects. ⟨sch⟩ may also surface as or [sk].
  3. ^ a b The digraph ⟨sh⟩ is pronounced [s] in some varieties, [?] in others.
  4. ^ As in French, stress always falls on the last vowel in Walloon.
  5. ^ a b /?:/ and // show variation with // and , respectively.
  6. ^ a b Open-mid /?:/ and // may be close-mid [e:] and [?].
  7. ^ Merges with in some dialects.


  • "Walloon language, alphabet and pronunciation". Omniglot. March 20, 2013.

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