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

See Standard Zhuang for a more thorough look at the sounds of Zhuang.

Consonants
IPA Examples English approximation
ɓ lajmbwn Like bat said with a gulp. See implosive consonants.
ɕ caet Somewhat like British consume
ɗ ndaej Like debt said with a gulp.
f faencung fast
ɣ roek Spanish trigo
h haj hat
j ityiengh yes
k ga cup
gvaengz quality
gyaeuj queue
l lingz luck
m sam man
myaeg mute
n vunz no
ɲ nyaen canyon
ŋ ngeih sing, tank
ŋʷ ngvanh wrong way
p bet pan
byaek pure
t da tap
θ sam thing
w va war, vote (In northern Zhuang dialects)
ʔ not written the catch in uh-oh
ˀj [example needed] yes, but glottalised
ˀw [example needed] war, but glottalised
Vowels
IPA Examples English approximation
a ndaej cut
va bra
e genz mate (Scottish)
[example needed] play (Scottish)
i cib happy
o gyoengq boat (Scottish)
gouj go (Scottish)
u couh shoot
ɯ wngdang goose (Australian)
Tones
IPA Description Examples
/ǎ/ /˨˦/ rising son
/a᷆/ /˧˩/ low falling mwngz
/a̋/ /˥/ high level hwnj
high checked bak (coda is p/t/k)
/â/ /˦˨/ falling max
/a᷄/ /˧˥/ high rising gvaq
/ā/ /˧/ mid level dah
mid checked bag (coda is b/d/g)

Notes