Ido shares the same alphabet as English: a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, q, r, s, t, u, v, w, x, y, z.
Vowels are pronounced much like the vowels in Spanish or Italian.
|a||[a]||a in father.|
|e||[e]||e in get.|
|i||[i]||long e as in marine.|
|o||[o]||long o as in go.|
|u||[u]||u in rule or double o in book.|
These vowels are not diphthongs; do not pronounce a as in take, i as in time, o like the ou in mould, or u as in mule. There are two diphthongs: au pronounced as ow in owl, and (in a few words) eu which is pronounced like the vowels e and u run together.
|c||[ʦ]||sounds like ts in bats
except the digraph ch which sounds like church.
|g||[g]||Always a hard g like 'get'. Never a soft g like 'giraffe'.
(Never pronounced [ʤ])
|j||[ʒ]||Never a hard j. Sounds like the s in pleasure.|
|q||[k]||In the combination qu [kw] as in quick.|
|r||[r]||Should be a tapped r, as in
|s||[s]||digraph sh sounds like ship.|