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okchakko

blue

The consonant hl has two pronunciations, one old and the other recent.  The modern pronunciation is the easiest to learn; it is the same as the th sound in think, thought and health.  The older pronunciation is like the th and l spoken at the same time:  thl.

I will use the modern pronunciation, the th sound, as I pronounce the following words.  These words are written hl before a vowel.

tihlili     

to send out                    

hlioli

chase

υhleha

plural

hilha    

dance

bihlibli

to point

hlampko          

strong

okhlilika           

dark

okhlili

dusk

 

Minor Rule

When hl is followed by a consonant, it is written lh

ulhtoka          

elected                            

ilhkoli

go in a group

ulhti

district                  

ilhpak              

groceries, food

pulhki

fast

υlhtaha                

ready

 

But there are exceptions concernings hl.  Compare mah-li (wind) and υhleha (plural).  In mahli, the letter h is pronounced separate from l.  In υhleha, the sound of hl is the th sound.

 

 
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