Akachenti has 26 consonants, including 8 clicks contrasting nasal, tenuis, voiced, and murmured in lateral and alveolar.
It has five points of articulation with a voicing contrast in nonlabial obstruents and voicing only in the labiodental fricative. Other fricatives are generally unvoiced.
The glottal fricative is a true fricative with palatal fricative allophones and is audible in all positions.
Consonants in the phonemic inventory are m, n, ŋ, b, t, d, k, g, ʔ, tʃ, dʒ, f/v, s, ʃ, x, ɦ, l, r, ᵑǃ, ᶢǃ, ǃ, sǃʱˡ, ᵑǁ, ᶢǁ, ǁ, sǁʱ.
Akachenti has a five-vowel system with contrasting length: a, e, o, u, i, a:, e:, o:, u:, i:, and seven dipthongs: aɛ - aɪ, iɪ - jɪ, ie, ia, ue, ua, ui.
Orthographically, it has six short vowels and five long, as ae is considered a pure vowel by speakers.