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

Consonants
IPA Shan Burmese New Tai Lue English approximation
b [1] ᦢ,ᦥ abash
d ၻ,ꩨ [1] ᦡ,ᦤ ado
f ဖှ ᦚ,ᦝ food
ɡ [1] good
h ᦠ,ᦣ head
j ᦊ,ᦍ yak
k က ᦂ,ᦅ scan
[2] ᦃ,ᦆ can
l လ,ꩮ ᦜ,ᦟ leaf
m ᦖ,ᦙ much
n ᦐ,ᦓ not
ŋ ᦄ,ᦇ bang
ɲ [1] ဉ/ ည canyon
p ᦔ,ᦗ span
ᦕ,ᦘ pan
r ရ,꩹ [1] [1] roughly like water (American English)
s [3] ᦉ,ᦌ sue
ʃ သျ ရှ shoe
t တ,ꩦ ᦎ,ᦑ stable
ထ,ꩧ,ꩪ,ꩩ ᦏ,ᦒ table
ts [3] ᦈ,ᦋ Betsy
tsʰ ၶျ ချ cheese
θ [4] thing
v[5] ᦛ,ᦞ village
w[5] ᦛ,ᦞ way
x[2] ချ ᦃ,ᦆ loch in Scottish English
z [4] zebra
ʔ အ/ ဩ ᦀ,ᦁ the catch in uh'-oh
 
Tone
IPA Description
a
or
ā
mid [aː˧]
à low [a˨˩] or [a˩]
â falling [a˥˩] (Tai Lü only)
creaky falling [a̰˥˩] (Shan only)
á high [a˥]
ǎ rising [a˨˦] (Shan only)
a᷄ high rising [a˧˥] (Tai Lü only)
a᷅ low rising [a˩˧] (Tai Lü only)
Vowels
IPA Shan Burmese New Tai Lü English approximation
Short vowels
a unmarked အး cut
e ေ,ဵ roughly like say
ɛ ႄ, ႅ ေေ , ယ် roughly like bat
i happy
o ူဝ် ို go without u sound (shorter)
ɔ ေႃ, ွ ော, ဩ off
u ု, ူ ု, ူ, ဥ loot (shorter)
ɯ
or
ɨ
ို ိူ good
ɤ
or
ə
ိူ ီူ ᦵᦲ roughly like hurt (shorter)
Long vowels
ၢ, ႃ ာ, ါ bra

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f In foreign words
  2. ^ a b /kʰ/ and /x/ are in free variation.
  3. ^ a b Sometimes /s/ and /ts/ are used interchangeably.
  4. ^ a b In Burmese loanwords
  5. ^ a b /v/ and /w/ are in free variation