Sometimes, some of the names and stuff that I come up with can be difficult for someone who has never seen them before, so I thought I’d offer a bit of a general guide so that you can interpret anything that I make up.
I am a high level student of Spanish, so anyone who knows a lot about language will probably notice that I borrow a lot from there. Things like vowel sounds, structures of words, emphasis, and syllable structure are all taken from Spanish. I also am fascinated by the language of the Aztecs, known as Nahautl. You can see a blend of these two languages in the fantasy names that I create, such as Niametl.
So, a basic pronunciation guide:
Syllable Structure and Emphasis
I started with this because I thought it would be the easiest to explain. In words that end with vowels, emphasis is placed on the last syllable in the word, except when denoted otherwise by an accent mark (for example, América would be how we pronounce the name of of our country). In words that end in a consonant, the emphasis is placed on the second-to-last syllable. For those of you who have ever studied any Spanish (or any romance language, I believe) this should be easy to pick up. Any time that you see a vowel with an accent mark, it means that the emphasis of the word is on that syllable instead of the one it would normally be on.
Vowel sounds are 100% phonetic, exactly the way they are in Spanish. There are 5 vowels (aeiou) pronounced
A – AH as in hot, cot, or romp
E – AY as in hay, fray, or mason
I – EE as in free, see, or being
O – OH as in sew, row, or tow
U – OOH as in new, crew, or shoe
They will pronounced this way, with extremely limited exceptions, every time you see them.
Other Pronunciation Notes
The L at the end of words is not pronounced. It denotes aspiration of a consonant, which means that there is a burst of air after the stop sound (you will mostly see this after a t, sometimes a c). This means that Niametl is pronounced Nee-ah-mayt, with a burst of air at the end.