W, HW, Y, HY

 

w sounds like the [ w ] in wash:

waˀne:ˀ today

ǫ́:wi: I think so

 

w sounds like the < w > [ w̥ ] in swish, or like the sound you make when you blow out a candle, before whispered vowels:

wa̲hshę: ten

niyohwi̲hsdáˀe: o’clock

 

hw sounds like < h > followed by < w > (the same sounds you hear at the beginning of words such as what and which in some varieties of British English):

hwihs five

ganéhwaˀ hide; animal skin

 

y sounds like the < y > in yes:

í:yę: she wants, wishes

ó:yaˀ other

 

y sounds like the < y > [ j̥ ] in the expression ‘Can I help you?’ or like the [ y ] before the ‘oo’ sound in English pure or cure, when it’s before whispered vowels.

gyohdǫ: nine

dęˀ ni̲hságye̲haˀ? what are you doing?

 

hy sounds like [ h ] followed by [ y ]. You can also hear these sounds before the ‘oo’ sound in English human or humour in some types of English:

hyéi:ˀ six

ohyaˀ fruit, berries