Catalan digraphs

Drigraphs, or digrams, are couples of letters that denote a single sound.

ig: it’s pronounced like the english ‘ch’.

Example: lleig (ugly)

ix: it’s pronounced like the english ‘sh’.

Example: caixa (box, cash register, bank)

ll: it’s pronounced similar to the english ‘li’ in million, but is articulated in a single glide of the tongue.

Example: Sabadell

l·l: it’s pronounced like two consecutive l’s.

Example: novel·la (novel)

ny: it’s pronounced similar to the english ‘ny’ in canyon, but is articulated in a single glide of the tongue; it is like spanish ñ, french or italian gn, portuguese nh.

Examples: Espanya (Spain), Catalunya (Catalonia), canya (cane, straw)

tg: it’s pronounced like the english ‘ch’, but a little bit stronger.

Esempio: fetge (liver)

tx: similar to the digraph ‘tg’.

Example: cotxe (car)

tz: it’s actually the sound of a t followed by an s/z, pronounced in a single glide of the tongue.

Example: dotze (twelve)

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