The spelling may look complicated, but with practice and persistence, …

Comment on Words that everyone who lives here should know! by Jonathan Pilbrow.

The spelling may look complicated, but with practice and persistence, reasonable pronunciation can be achieved.
English has a very complicated spelling system, with many exceptions to rules. The Arrernte orthography actually provides a very consistent system.
It is important to understand that there are sounds in Arrernte that simply don’t occur in the English language, but linguists and Arrernte speakers had to find ways to spell these sounds using English letters.
Myfany Turpin gives a very thorough explanation of why Arrernte is spelt the way it is. Well worth a read. http://www.clc.org.au/articles/info/have-you-ever-wondered-why-arrernte-is-spelt-the-way-it-is/

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Words that everyone who lives here should know!
One can also learn to say the words, without reading them, by listening to and working with an Arrernte speaker.


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