Examples will be written in this format:


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Received pronunciation
Classical pronunciation
vujö nöjö ‘öma
English gloss
go market 1
English translation
I go to the market.

Classical Umu is the language of epics, liturgy, evocations and chants. Colloquial Umu is the day to day language. In colloquial Umu, transliterations are grouped by utterance to facilitate pronunciation and highlight sound mutations.

Apart from pronunciation, the two types of languages show differences in syntax and vocabulary. Examples are of colloquial Umu unless otherwise stated.