Say something. Go ahead, you heard me, say it and listen to yourself. Now say it about a hundred years ago. Hear it? You can hear it. Different. Speech sounds change. Accents change. … More
Send air through your larynx without stopping it. Let it pass freely. Let it through, some things you just have to let go. That’s a vowel. Stop the air with your throat or mouth,… More
Lips to teeth, expel air, use force. Ef. Efv. Old English has no V: an F between two vowels is a V. Efen. Even. Efern. eVern. Electronic Vern.
The first letter of several ancient languages… More
EA. Diphthong: a compound vowel. This one is deceased, we don’t use it any more. What did EA sound like? Maybe like EO, maybe like AU, emphasis on the E or the A because all Old English… More
Solve for X = a stand in for consonant clusters: ks for word endings and after stressed vowels, voiced gz for before stressed vowels, unvoiced ks when it comes before a t, and kzh for the… More
Alveolar voiceless spirant. Send air into your mouth, almost closed, then slip it out sibilantly. See? Splendid.
Carve a line down, change your mind and go back up, no, go down again.… More
Voiceless bilabial stop. Send air through your mouth, now stop it, now start. Vibrate your vocal cords and you make a B, this is not that, keep your larynx still and put a little extra … More
Short E, mouth a little open: eh, no big deal. Let the E fall off past an O. Let it keep falling, we don’t use these sounds together anymore.
Carve a line up like a tree then bend the… More
Alveolar dental: tongue along teeth, gums too. Stop and start the air flow. Let your voice stay out of it.
Carve an arrow. Point it to the sky.… More
Ger is a little small. Look at it. ᛄ You might not be able to see. It’s bigger now, it grew over time, but the poor thing was only half sized once. Sometimes it’s carved to look… More
Voiced bilabial stop. Send air into your mouth. Now stop it with your lips and release. Put a little sound into it, vibrate those vocal cords.
Carve a line down. Now carve two bumps on … More
Vowel, high (mouth slightly open) front (tongue forward) unrounded lax (lips) = bit, unrounded tense = bite. I and Y were very similar in Old English, the Y sounding like an I but with… More
N, voiced alveolar nasal. Vibrate some air through your vocal cords, stop it at the roof of your mouth with your tongue. Nope. No passage here. Send that air out through your nose.
Alveolar dental sonorant: using your gum ridge and teeth, leave your tongue free laterally, partially impeding your vocal resonance: now sing. Lalalalalalalahhhhh! Largo! Lalalaaaaaaaaah!… More
Voiceless spirant. Make a narrow aperture of your mouth and throat and leaving your vocal cords aside, force air through. Create friction, steam up the mirror.
At the beginning of … More
What is W? It looks like two Vs but its name says it is U doubled. It is a consonant, but in some places, and at other times, it is a vowel. What happened? Why do we have W?
Before English was… More
D. Voiced alveolar dental stop. You use your voice and soft palate to make the sound, breath stops against teeth. Leave your larynx out of it and you make a T. D was sometimes spelled… More
Cen. Ch sound. Hard C (in phonetics a voiceless palatal velar stop) when the C is not in front of a long vowel, Keen, otherwise it makes a ch sound. Cheen. Close homonym to Cene which means… More