How To Spell Vowel E in Indonesia

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How to spell vowel E in IndonesianThere are two ways to spell vowel E in Indonesian. Yes, two! There are two sounds of the vowel.

One of them can be matched to the sound of the same vowel in English but the other can’t.

Let’s see what English words that is similar to the sound if Indonesian E is pronounced.

The words I choose for examples are as followings :

  • Sand
  • Bet
  • Get
  • Let

The above words can represent one of the two sounds of vowel E in Indonesian. Let me call it as E number#1 to distinct it from the other.

How to spell vowel E number#1

Please try your pronunciation of Indonesian E number #1 using below words. As usual there is an audio file (small size) to accompany your practice.

WORDS SYLLABLES MEANING
BELA BE-LA DEFEND
MEJA ME-JA TABLE
DESA DE-SA VILLAGE
LELE LE-LE CATFISH
MERAH ME-RAH RED
BEBEK BE-BEK DUCK

 

This is the audio to check your pronunciation.

How to spell vowel E number#2

For the sound of the type #2, as there is no equivalent in English, it is better for you to replicate how the sound from the audio file. After that, please take a look at the word table and try again.

The words mentioned in the audio are

WORDS SYLLABLES MEANING
SEDIH SE-DIH SAD
KERAS KE-RAS HARD
BELI BE-LI BUY
HELA HE-LA DRAG
SEBAB SE-BAB BECAUSE/CAUSE
BERI BE-RI GIVE

 

So now you already know how to spell vowel E in Indonesian. Although there are two ways, but I don’t think it’s difficult.

Keep on practicing mate!

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