2. Every word must end in a consonant plus one of the three vowels ("a", "e", or "o"). If you cannot hear a vowel at the end of a word, the word may simply end with the two letters "he":
Navoomo I see him.
estse'he shirt (or, coat)
Navooma He sees me.
Etoneto It's cold.
hohpe soup (or, broth)
emesehe He ate
3. A dot over a vowel means that the vowel is whispered (voiceless). The last vowel of anything you say, including a single word pronounced by itself, will always be whispered. Since this is automatic, you don't need to mark this end-of-word vowel with a dot.
4. Any vowel you mark with a dot needs to be followed by either "h", "s", "š", or "x", or also a "tse" at the end of a word. You can actually hear the "s", "š", "x", or "tse". You cannot hear "h" which follows a vowel with a dot if the "h" comes before another consonant, but be sure to write it:
namêšeme my grandfather
kâsovaahe young man
mâhpeva in the water
Etomôhtana He erected it.
5. If you hear "s" before a "t", there must be an "e" before the "s":
Estsehnêstse! Come in!
6. If you hear "š" before a "k", there must be an "e" before the "š":
heške his (or, her) mother
7. If you have four letters in this order: consonant, a dotted vowel, "h", then a regular vowel, the "h" will make the consonant have a "hard" (aspirated) sound [regular Cheyenne consonants have a "soft" (unaspirated) sound]. All four letters will be pronounced as a single syllable. They are underlined in these examples:
Nanâha'ena I caught it.
natâhoo'ohtse I'm going home.
mâhtamâhaahe old woman
8. If you hear "š", there must be the vowel "e" after it. If there is a vowel before "š", it must also be "e".
9. You can hear the English sound "w" between the vowels "o" and "a". You can hear the English sound "y" between the vowels "e" and "a", and also between "e" and "o". These "w" or "y" sounds are printed as (phonetic) superscripts in these examples, but they are not part of Cheyenne, so do not write them in your own spelling:
Ehotowanato It's difficult.
meyaneva in the summer
heyama on the side
10. The Cheyenne letter "v" often sounds like English "w" when it is next to "a" or "o", but it is still the same letter "v" of the Cheyenne sound system. The following examples show this English "w" sound (boldfaced), but do not write "w" in your own spelling:
Evo'komo [ewo'komo] It's white.
vaotseva [waotseva] deer
hovahne [howahne] animals
Naoveše [naoweše] I went to bed.
Naovaxe [naowaxe] I dreamed.
voaxaa'e [woaxaa'e] bald eagle