this fucked me up so bad
…it’s not really that uncommon. Hard. Help. Kelp. Grip. Grind. Wet. Those are just the ones off the top of my head.
Basically the h sound is produced furthest back in the mouth (basically in your throat), then k/g (which are exactly the same except one involves your vocal chords) and that sound that happens in ng combinations (yea, it’s just one sound, no, it’s not an n sound following a g sound).
Things get a bit weird in the middle with your vowels (don’t get me fucking started on vowels, man) and liquids/glides (that would be l/r - WHICH ARE NOT EVEN ALL THE SAME LIKE SCOTLAND’S /l/ IS NOT THE SAME AS CANADA’S (main) /l/ AND THERE ARE LIKE A MILLION DIFFERENT R SOUNDS LIKE TRILLED AND RETROFLEX THERE ARE JUST TOO MANY R’S WTF LANGUAGE?! - and w/y (which are teeeeeeeechnically the same as u/i (i being the IPA symbol for the eee sound).
But then you’ve got sh/zh (like a French j like ‘je’) and ch/j (like jet), then t/d/s/z/n (all in the same spot yes), then th (as in thistle)/th (as in there), then m/b/p.
And that’s just the INCREDIBLY simplified Canadian English version cause some languages include a /t/ sound produced between the teeth so it’s further forward and some languages have more sounds at the back of the mouth and throat (think German) and some languages have CLICKS.
And, fellow linguists, how fucking frustrating is it that the apple keyboard does not include IPA symbols?!
But my original point is this: follow that basic map I just drew you, and you will have SO MANY words that move from the back of your mouth to the front.