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Spelling and Alphabet:

Slovio has the same alphabet as English, and the same one that can by typed and read on just about every computer in the world:
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

Letters - BukvasSlovio has 27 phonemes: 22 consonants and 5 vowels. Of the above letters (except for foreign words) usually only the following 27 letters/combinations are being used:
a  b  c  cx  d  e  f  g  gx   h  i   j  k  l
m  n  o  p  r  s  sx   t  u  v  wx   z  zx


c  - as English "ts" in cats
cx - as English "ch" in cheese
g  - as English "g" in gorilla, get, give
gx - as English "g" in general
h  - depending on the speaker can be pronounced 
        either as English "h", Spanish "j", or German "h" / "ch". 
j  - as English "y" in yes, yeast 
sx - as English "sh" in ship
wx - as English "shch" in wishchest
zx - as English "s" in usual

other consonants more or less as in English
Five wowels: a, e, i, o, u  - more or less as in Italian, Spanish, Polish, German.

Slovio can be also written using the Cyrillic alphabet

All foreign words can be used in Slovio without change.

See also: Flexible grammar and orthography

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Here are the Russian equivalents of the BASIC Slovio alphabet:
AZBUKA

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Bukvas - Letters - Spelling

There are no accented letters in Slovio, and it uses the standard computer alphabet (U.S. or just about any other keyboard). That's why Slovio can be typed, telexed or transferred between computers and programs or viewed in the internet without the slightest difficulty.

OTHER OPTIONAL LETTERS AND SOUNDS:            TEXTS. Sample Slovio texts.
Slovio words are intentionally simplified, and thus don't always exactly mirror pronounciation. To express more exactly various other sounds found in Slavic and in other languages, these letter combinations can be used:
gx - as English "g" in: gin, gentle; or as English "j" in: jet, juice, jungle, etc.... (= dzx)
hq - always pronounced as hard "h" = "Hotel" in English or in German
hx - always pronounced as German "ch" (nach) or as spanish "j" (Juan). In English this sound doesn't exist but it is usually transliterated as "kh".
wx - "sxcx" (sx + cx) - as the sound found in some Slavic languages which combines the sound of "sx" and of "cx". Similar to "sh+ch" in the English word "wish-chest"
x - whenever used outside of the reserved combinations (sx, zx, cx, jx, wx,) x can be pronounced as "ks". In non-Slovio words letter "x" can be left the way it is: this shouldn't create any conflicts. In non-Slovio words the letter can be pronounced either as "ks" or as "gz" depending on the word and on the speaker.
q - The letter q is not used in any Slovio words. As yet it has no exact definition. However it could be used to express other sounds, which are not standard to Slovio. For example if one wants to express  the "softenening" of certain consonants, one could write is as: canqon (read canyon). So for example the spanish "˝" = nq and the French "gn" could also be written as "nq" Cognac (konqak). We leave the definition of "q" and various combinations of "q" with other letters open.

Soft consonants:
' - (apostrophy) is often used as the "softener" in some Slavic and other languages. Without the presence of  the softener, all consonants should be prononounced hard, the way they are normally pronounced in English, Esperanto, German, Italian. Another letter which could be used as softener (instead of the apostrophy) is the letter "q".
d' or dq - pronounced as ..
l' or lq - pronounced as ..
n' or nq - pronounced as "n" in canyon, or as Spanish "˝", or as Russian "n" in Nikita, or as French "gn" in "cognac".
t' or tq - pronounced as ..

Accent.   Slovio words are accented on the penultimate syllable (the syllable before the last syllable.) (Tis is the same accent as in the Polish language, in Italian, or as in Esperanto.)
More about accent, pronounciation and spelling

Russian Transliteration                    TEXTS. Sample Slovio texts.

See also: Flexible grammar and orthography

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