how to pronounce somali


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the above transcription of somali is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

somali is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of somali in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… my community somali are really …”

meanings of somali


  1. A domestic cat breed.
  2. A person from Somalia or of Somali descent.
  3. A Cushitic language spoken mainly in Somalia and eastern Ethiopia.


  1. Of, from, or pertaining to Somalia, the Somali people or language.

somali frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word somali occurs in english on average 1.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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