pronunciation of krio vowels:
like spanish/portuguese, the vowels a, e, i, o, u are phonetically correct in that they are pronounced as written. however, some vowels (o and e) may be long or short. an 'h' may be placed to indicate a shorter vowel, i.e.
e - as in 'pear'
eh - as in 'men'
dipthongs like 'ai' are also pronounced like in spanish.
some people use a symbol for the short 'o', or the 'ny' and 'ng' sounds, but it's neither universal nor necessary, so i'm leaving that out to keep things simple.
there is no 'th' in krio. it's replaced either by 't' or 'd', depending on the word.
final 'd' is usually dropped, e.g. send becomes sehn
the 's' is also usually dropped in the beginning of a word if it is immediately followed by another consonant, e.g. scratch becomes krach, spoil becomes pwel, strong becomes trang, etc.
a vowel can be lengthened for emphasis, e.g. bi-g (very big), la-ngtem (a very long time).