Colour, Class and Custom

Pronunciation

When the Roman alphabet was adapted to create a written-language version of Fijian, some letters were made to represent consonant sounds quite different from their English-language sounds:

LetterPronouncedLike
bmbnumber
cththe
dndlender
jchchoose
gngsinger
qnggfinger

Vowel sounds are pronounced as are Italian vowels. Thus:

CakaudroveTha-kaun-dro-veh
CakobauTha-kom-bau
JaleCha-leh
Penaia GanilauPen-eye-a Nga-ni-lau
Timoci BavadraTim-or-the Mba-vahn-dra
QiqiwaqaNgging-gi-wahng-ga

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Abbreviations

In this paper the following abbreviations are sometimes used:

CIACentral Intelligence Agency of the United States
CRCConstitutional Review Committee
FLPFiji Labour Party
FNPFijian Nationalist Party
MHRMember of the House of Representatives
NFPNational Federation Party
RFMFRoyal (later Republic of) Fiji Military Forces

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