Finnish 101

 
If a Finnish consonant is doubled, it should be pronounced with a brief glottal stop, meaning that your mouth is ready to say it but pauses for a moment. Hence mato (worm) is "MAto", but matto (carpet) is "MA'to".

b c d f
pronounced as in English (not used in native Finnish words)
g
like 'g' in 'get'
h
like 'h' in 'hotel'; pronounced more strongly before a consonant
j
like 'y' in 'yes'
k
similar to English 'k', but unaspirated and slightly voiced
l m n
pronounced as in English
nk ng
pronounced like 'ng' in 'sing'
p
similar to English 'p', but unaspirated and slightly voiced
r
trilled, as in Spanish 'perro'
s
like 'ss' in 'hiss'
t
pronounced as in English
v w
like 'v' in 'vine'
z
like 'ts' in 'cats' (not used in native Finnish words)

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