1. The Fante Alphabet

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Uppercase Letters

A B D Ɛ E F G H I K L M N O Ɔ P R S T U W Y Z

Lowercase Letters

a b d ɛ e f g h i k l m n o ɔ p r s t u w y z

Vowels

Fante vowels may be divided into two groups:

Wide Vowels

Narrow Vowels

aå, like the a in fathereā, like the a in fate
ɛĕ, like the e in betiē, like the ee in fee
eĭ, like the i in pitoō, like the o in so
ɔaw, like the aw in clawuū, like the oo in too
oʊ, like the u in put 

Notice the vowels 'e' and 'o' have two sounds each.

Consonants

The Fante consonants are the same as in English, but the letters c, j, q, v and x are not used.

Digraphs of the Fante Alphabet

In addition to the consonants, the following digraphs are used:

dwlike the j in jewelkwlike the qu in quack
dzlike the z in zebrakylike the ch in church
gylike the j in jacknylike the ny in Kenya
hwlike the wh in wheretslike the ts in tsetse-fly
hylike the sh in shirttwlike the ch in choose

It is difficult to get the exact English sound equivalent for these digraphs. These examples are only close approximations.

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