The Basic Latin alphabet is used for writing Pandunia. Here is the alphabet of Pandunia followed by the symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).

Pandunia: a b c  d e f g h i j  k  l m n o p  r s t  u w x y z
IPA:     [a b tʃ d e f g h i dʒ kʰ l m n o pʰ r s tʰ u w ʃ j z]

Pandunia, like Spanish, is pronounced exactly as it is spelt. No letter is silent. Every letter has one sound, always the same.

Vowel Sounds

Pandunia has five vowels.

i   u
e   o
  a

They are pronounced as follows: a like in palm, e like in hey, i like in machine, o like in boy and u like in rude. They are pure vowels, so their quality doesn't change over the duration of the vowel.

Semivowels y and w are pronounced like in English.

Consonant Sounds

p  b  f     m  w
t  d  s  z  n  l  r
c  j  x        y
k  g  h

Most consonants are pronounced same as in English. So the pronunciation of b, d, f, h, j, k, l, m, n, p, t, w, z is familiar and easy.

The following consonants are pronounced differently in Pandunia than in English.

  • g is always hard like in girl, get.
  • r is preferably trilled like in Scottish English or Spanish carro. Also other pronunciations are acceptable. Note that r is never silent!
  • s is always voiceless like in sissy. z is voiced like in zoo.
  • x is always pronounced like SH in ship.
  • c is pronounced like CH in chip.
  • j is pronounced like the English J.
  • n is pronounced with the tip of the tongue except in combinations nk and ng, where it is velar /ŋ/ like in banker and finger. In the end of a word, the g in ng can be silent. So the word pang can be pronounced /paŋ/ as well as /paŋg/.

Stress Accent

The stressed syllable is before the last consonant.

  1. Words with only one syllable carry the stress. Ex. máw, cíng.
  2. The stress is on the last syllable in words that end with a consonant. Ex. komún, bazár, kamís.
  3. The stress is on the second last syllable in words that end with a vowel. Ex. nówi, dúnia, musíke.
 dunia si mimen da sundar planete.
/dúnia sí mimén da sundár planéte./

 mi wol loga komun baxa, ye si pandunia.
/mí wól lóga komún báxa, yé sí pandúnia./

If the stressed syllable is other than stated in the rules above, it is marked with the acute accent mark (´).

 darse gurú suku kafé.
/dárse gurú súku kafé./

Letter Case

Pandunia is normally written only in small letters (i.e. lower case letters). Capital letters can be in the beginning of sentences and proper nouns, such as personal names and place names, but it is not required.

There are three reasons why capital letters are not necessary.

  1. Writing represents speech and there are no "capital sounds" in speech in beginning of proper names etc.
  2. Most of the scripts and alphabets of the world have only one letter case.
  3. It is simpler to use only small letters.

Note! It's not a mistake to use the capital letters. Sometimes people do it habitually because they are used to them in other languages. But still capital letters are unnecessary and not recommended.

Capital letters are used in standard international acronyms. For example: 10 Mb (des mega bit), 100 Gb (hon giga bit), 2 mm (du mili metre), 1 kJ (un kilo jul).

Syllabification

[-] Words may be divided into syllables with a hyphen. The hyphen is placed between spoken syllables. For example: bin, ka-fe, yu-mor, pos-ta.

Punctuation

[.] All kinds of sentences may end with a full stop.

[?] Questions may end alternatively with a question mark.

[!] Exclamation mark indicates loudness or emphasis.

[...] Three dots (i.e. ellipsis) may be used to indicate incomplete sentence or uncertainty.

[:] Colon indicates the beginning of an explanation or a list.

[,] Comma indicates a small pause or separation between clauses or listed items.

In informal texts smileys, emoticons and emojis may be used to indicate mood. For example :) indicates happiness and :( indicates sadness.

mi wida tu :) = I see you.
mi no wida tu :( = I don't see you.

Word structure

The most common word structure in Pandunia is CVCV, where C is a consonant and V is a vowel.

The heaviest possible word is CLVCCVC, where L is a liquid consonant (l or r). For example kristal is such a word.

Initial consonants are restricted to:

  1. Any single consonant except /ŋ/
  2. Stop + liquid
    • pl, bl, kl, gl
    • pr, br, tr, dr, kr, gr
  3. ny

Middle consonant clusters are restricted to:

  1. Resonant (m, n, ŋ, l, r) + stop or affricate
    • mp, mb, nt, nd, nk, ng, nc, nj
    • lp, lb, lt, ld, lk, lg
    • rp, rb, rt, rd, rk, rg
  2. Resonant + silibant
    • ns, ls, rs
    • nz, lz, rz
    • nx, lx, rx
  3. Silibant + stop
    • st, sp, sk
  4. Stop + liquid (see above)

Allowed final consonants are:
m, n, ng, l, r, s, x