are letters that we cannot perfectly sound without the aid of a vowel. The consonants in the English language are b, c, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, m, n, p, q, r, s, t, v, x, z,
and sometimes e, i, u, w,
We can divide consonants into two classes, Mutes
are those consonants that
emit no sound without the aid of a vowel. They are b, d, k, p, q, t,
is canceled in this hook when qu
is sounded like k.
are those consonants that can be sounded imperfectly by themselves. They are f, h, j, l, m, n, r, s, v, x, z,
Four of the semivowels are called Liquids
; eg., l, m, n,
. We refer to them as "liquids" because they unite fluently with other
sounds, or flow into them.