Author Topic: I thought I could pronounce "Skxawng"… then I found out i was wrong.  (Read 3065 times)

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Offline 'Onatxan te Skxawng Tìrey'itan

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I thought I understood the concept behind the pronunciation of px/tx/kx. I used them… basically I guess how you use '—putting a quick pause in my speeching (or breathing. not entirely sure what I was pausing, but I think you know what I mean I did).
Last night I was watching Avatar for the first time since i started learning Na'vi. Then I realized that there was no pause in "Skxawng".
So now I'm confused. I apologize if I'm repeating a commonly asked question, but… i'm a newb and, (more importantly) I'm lazy! ;) And didn't have the patience to search through the forums to find the answer.
So how exactly do you pronounce the "-x" letters? Because from what I've seen/heard from videos/the movie, it doesn't sound any different from p/t/k. So weird…
Nga txo ke flä nìsngä'i, rä'ä kivä Eywa'evengne! ;)

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I, too, was confused when I first started by the pronunciation in the film.  The sad truth is that the actors didn't always pronounce every word correctly, and if it was a good take, they didn't always stop to redo it. :-X

Px, kx, tx are called ejective consonants because, true to their name, they should "pop" out of your mouth, and then there's kind of half a pause after them.  Don't worry if you don't get it perfect at first, just try your best. :D

There is a whole thread dedicated to them here, and many auditory examples of how they should sound are available around the forum, as well as there.
« Last Edit: March 24, 2012, 07:58:41 pm by Alyara Arati »
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Irayo. Twas helpful.
I also found this which was also helpful.
Nga txo ke flä nìsngä'i, rä'ä kivä Eywa'evengne! ;)

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What was helpful to me when I started learning was to think of the x in the ejectives as a glottal stop ' and just pronounce the t k or x harder then usual.

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