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!".
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!
Uneukë' is Deer. Oh-NAY-oh-ga(n)'.
Utháyôni is Wolf. Oh-TAH-yon-nee.
Pronounce the t strongly.
Unökanya'kö is Beaver.
Oh-NONG-gah-NYAH'-gon(g). Remember the glottal stop.
Utekiya'kö is Buffalo.
Oh-DAY-gee-YAH'-gon(g). Watch the glottal stop in the middle.
Utawëêtö' 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'úwa' is Owl. Oh'-OH-wah'. Watch the
glottal stops in the middle and at the end.
Uhsikwëöt 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.
Uyëtani' is Moose. Oh-YAN-tah-nee'.
Watch the glottal stop at the end.
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