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ai [I]

            ai [I] you have      hain [hIner] coat           ai [cI] horsesau [ow] cow, now

            au [ow]                sau [sow]

i [ery] start pronouncing the (err) and add i like in "hoy!"

          vi [very] valleys

u [oh] cappuccino, Euro

            cuta [cohta] (to) look for                 

            tu [toh] yoursi

[y] pronounce the from lesson then add i from tin

          pine [pyne] bread                            

          nti [nty] firstu [w] pronounce the from lesson then add u from book

           ru [rw] riverea [ea] Andreas

ea [ea] she           dumneavostr [doomneavwhastrer] youei [ey] they                

          yea (old English) at the beginning of the word: ei [yey] them              

          hei [hey] heyeo [eo] no close equivalent

        vreo [vreo]

ia [ya] take     

              Romnia [romnya] Romaniaie [ye] yes

               iepure [yepure] rabbit       

               prieten [pryeten] friend                           

               copie [copye] copyii

[i] bee

               fotolii [fotoli] armchairsio

[yo] York

                ion [yon] ion              

               pensionar [pensyonar] pensioneriu

[U] you

               iubi [Ubi] (to) love             

               piure [pUre] mashed potatoes                        

               fotoliu [fotolU] 

[wha] what

                   oameni [whameni] people            

                   soare [swhare] sunoi [oy] boy

                   noi [noy]

ou [ow] egg                      

                    birou [birow] 

[wa] watch

                     lua [lwa] (to) take

u [wer] influence

                      ou [ower] eggs

ui [ui] ruin

                uite [uite] look                  pui [pui] chicken

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