Saturday, April 6, 2013

The "H Deficiency"

No, I am not referring to some health/medical disorder but I am referring to the Kapampangan's "missing H" syndrome.  (Kapampangans are the people from the province of Pampanga, which is located in the Central Luzon Region of the Philippines)  Yes, we tend to omit our "Hs" in words when we speak.  I'll let our Little Miss show you what this is all about.  

The heart shape is the first shape that the Little Miss learned.  But we noticed that instead of saying "Heart", she says "Art".  So we teach her the right way to pronounce it . . . everyday!

Me:  Baby, say "Heeaaarrt"

Little Miss: "Art"

Me: No Baby, it's HHHearrrt (with an emphasis on the H)

LM: "Art"

Me: What about "Hat"? Say "HHHaaatt"

LM: "At"

Me: Okay, say Hellooo

LM: "E-Ohhh"

Me: It's He-He-Hellooo

LM: "E-Ohhhh"

Me: Say "Hiiiiiii"

LM: "Iiiiiii"

*Sigh* Oh yes, there's definitely Kapampangan blood running through her veins!  

A a a a!  (That's my Kapampangan side, laughing! Haha!)

Just in case you're wondering why we do have this "H" syndrome, I've read in Wikipedia that in our dialect, we lack the *phoneme "H" as compared to the other Philippine languages.  

*Phoneme means The smallest phonetic unit in a language that is capable of conveying a distinction in meaning, as the m of mat and the b of bat in English. (

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