Oh Claws!


You have already learned most of the basic Mingo sounds and how they are written. There will still be pronunciation indications until all of the combinations have been described. In this chapter we will deal with Oh! words. Some animal and bird names require an Oh! at the beginning. This Oh! really means "it", but most of the time you would not translate it. Mingo words are of two kinds, unchangeable particles and verbal expressions. Verbal expressions are made up of words with changeable beginnings and endings. Oh! is the first such beginning we shall deal with.

There are some words in ts that require an Oh! beginning.

Utsista'thya' is a Colt or Calf. The thy is pronounced like the tchy in "watch ya!". Oh-JEES-dah'-chah'.

Utsi'ehta' is the Crayfish, the one who wrote these lessons. Watch the glottal stop in the middle and at the end, and remember to pronounce the h strongly. Oh-JEE'-ehh-dah'.

But many of the common animal and bird names take Oh!

Uneuk' is Deer. Oh-NAY-oh-ga(n)'.

Uthyni is Wolf. Oh-TAH-yon-nee. Pronounce the t strongly.

Unkanya'k is Beaver. Oh-NONG-gah-NYAH'-gon(g). Remember the glottal stop.

Utekiya'k is Buffalo. Oh-DAY-gee-YAH'-gon(g). Watch the glottal stop in the middle.

Utawt' is Otter. Oh-dah-WAN-don(g)'. Get the glottal stop on the end, and pronounce the -wan- very long.

Ushaista' is Snake. Ohs-HICE-dah'. Remember to say the sh like the ssh in "grass-hut", and watch for the glottal stop at the end.

U'wa' is Owl. Oh'-OH-wah'. Watch the glottal stops in the middle and at the end.

Uhsikwt is Rattlesnake. The h must be pronounced strongly and the two nasal vowels pronounced without a stop between them. Glide from one to the other. Ohh-SEE-gwa(n)-ont.

Uytani' is Moose. Oh-YAN-tah-nee'. Watch the glottal stop at the end.


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