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The charts below show the way in which the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) represents Malayalam pronunciations. For a guide to adding IPA characters to Wikipedia articles, see {{IPA-ml}} and Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Pronunciation § Entering IPA characters.

IPA Malayalam English approximation
k sky
ɡ go
ɡʱ Ghana
t͡ʃ church
t͡ʃʰ which hand
ɟ junior
ɟʱ hedgehog
ʈ tide but retroflex[note 1].
ʈʰ got the but retroflex[note 2].
ɖ dog but retroflex[note 3].
ɖʱ bond her hair but retroflex[note 4].
t̪ʰ get down
d dad
had done
p pain
f/ Has two pronunciations, either as football or pan
b big
ŋ sing
ɲ cognac
ɳ Hindi Varuna
m mall
j yes
ɾ Spanish tres
l listen
ʋ curve
ʃ sugar
ʂ shun
s so
h head
ɭ Swedish sorl
ɻ run [note 5]
r Spanish rojo
n not
IPA Malayalam English approximation
ʌ fun
ɑː ാ, ആ British RP of cart
ɪ ി, ഇ sit
ീ, ഈ seat
ʊ ു, ഉ full
ൂ, ഊ fool
ൃ, ഋ better
e െ, എ eight
േ, ഏ eight but longer
o ൊ, ഒ Worn [note 6]
ോ, ഓ Irish pronunciation of coat
əɪ ൈ, ഐ mile
əʊ ൗ, ൌ, ഔ British RP of fold


  1. ^ With the tongue curled backwards.
  2. ^ With the tongue curled backwards.
  3. ^ With the tongue curled backwards.
  4. ^ With the tongue curled backwards.
  5. ^ Only in some dialects of English.
  6. ^ In dialects without the horse-hoarse merger.