Many Nuu-chah-nulth consonants are made with the tip or blade of the tongue, including c c̓ č č̓ ł ƛ ƛ̓ n n̓ s š t t̓ y y̓. Most of these are discussed in other sections of this tutorial.
Here, we will be interested in the letters c č š, which represent sounds that are familiar from English, but are written differently in Nuu-chah-nulth. These are their names, and how they are pronounced:
|Letter||Name||How it is pronounced|
|c||c||like ts, as in its|
|č||c wedge||like ch, as in church|
|š||s wedge||like sh, as in shush|
Here are some examples:
By contrast, the letters q and x look familiar, but represent different sounds in Nuu-chah-nulth and English. See the following sections.