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The orthography in use in the various native languages is not generally here employed in native words, but it occasionally appears. In such cases it is enough to observe that b = mb, d = nd, n is ng, g is ngg, and that g and q represent peculiar sounds. Excuse must be offered for the very ill-looking ngg, representing the ng in 'finger'; a sound so distinct from the ng in 'singer' that it is impossible to use, as in English, the same symbol for both. It is necessary to note that ng here always stands as ng in 'singer.'