Ubuntu – the correct pronunciation of ‘Ubuntu’


I have never been good at deciphering the pronunciation guides:

ubuntu |oǒ'boǒntoō|

What is the best way to describe the pronunciation with like sounding words for each syllable?

"oǒ": ?

"boǒn": like Boone as in Daniel or like bun as in hamburger?

"toō": like too as in also?

Best Answer

Here's Nelson Mandela ... Short clip : The Meaning of Ubuntu .

Actually, you get the interviewer pronouncing Ubuntu twice, and you'll hear Mandela pronounce Ubuntu near the end of the clip.

To attempt a quick summary, the bun is close to Boone in Daniel Boone or \bün\ ;

and tu is close to too, or \tü\ . The initial u matches this sound.