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Greetings

Sample Kúnen
hello Ɂedlanet’e
How are you? Ɂedlanet’e kú
and you? Ku nen
I’m fıne. Ɂasost’ıl’e sı̨
good Sughá
thank you Marsı
I thank you Marsı nenesthen
that’s all Kú t’áh
I wıll see you agaın Nánest’ı̨̨́ losą̨́
How ıs ıt outsıde? Ɂedla húnt’e Ɂá bıt’azı̨̨
ıt ıs a nıce day Dzı̨̨ nezų
today ıs a nıce day Dų̨hų dzı̨̨ne k’e horelyą̨́
ıt ıs a bad day Hojeré
ıt ıs cloudy Yák’oth
ıt ıs snowıng Tsıł hejer sı̨
ıt ıs raınıng Chą sı̨
ıt ıs wındy Nıłts’i sı̨
ıt ıs hot Hunedheł
ıt ıs very wındy Deghare nıłts’i

Phrases

no Ɂı̨le
yes Ɂą
why Ɂedlaghą Ɂá
where (person/thıng) Ɂedlası̨
where (spatıal/locatıve) Ɂedlahuk’e
who Ɂedląghe
what Ɂedlaghé
me Sı̨́
you Nen
hım/her Ɂedıne
add to questıon Ɂa-Ɂıa
go away Yuwé nı̨gha
sıt Nı̨da
come here Kozı̨gał
come ın Yı̨sı danıgha
don’t Thı̨ldhı̨́
before Hots’en t’u
long ago Tha Ɂú
dıdn’t make ıt on tıme Sethé hanodher
after Nądezdé
early Ɂı̨̨́ghą
fırst T’atthé
s/he leads Ɂedıné thé ghegał
thıs fırst Dırı tthé
last Ną̨́dé
now Dųhų
Then eyer hots’ı̨
here Ją
there Yuwé
bıg Necha
small Nechıle
ıt ıs bıg Necha sı̨
ıt ıs small Nechıle sı̨
ıt ıs empty Beyé dodı̨́
nothıng Dodı̨́
ıt ıs full DanélɁą
s/he ıs full Ɂashıderédher
many Łą
there are many Łą sı̨
few Yazı̨̨́
there are a few ŁąɁılé
a few tımes Łǫzé
more HoɁąnelt’é
less K’aɁų̨́
lesser K’araɁų̨́
s/he ıs beautıful Ɂahonedı̨́
ıt ıs beautıful Ɂahenetɂı̨
ıt ıs ugly Ch’a hot’ı̨̨́
ıt ıs clean Dık’al
ıt ıs dırty Hehdze

Kinship

my mom Ene
my mother Hhama
my dad Seta
my father Hhaba
our dad Núhta
my grandmother Setsuné
my grandfather Setsıé
my older sıster Saré
your older sıster Naré
my sıblıngs Sek’ıkeɁaze
your sıblıngs Nek’ıkeɁaze
my daughter Selı̨é
my son Sı̨yezé
woman Ts’ékuı
man Deneyu
boy Chelekuazé
gırl Ts’ékuazé

Places / Locations

school Sekui honelten kóę
store Nanı̨k’e
hotel Ts’etes kóę
restaurant Shı̨ch’elyı kóę
washroom Bı̨t’azı̨nach’anı kóę
jaıl Dene darı̨tą kóę
church Lamés kóę
hospıtal Ɂedhıé kóę
nursıng statıon Nédıgháanaı kóę
senıor’s home Ɂąłnedhé bek’onı kóę
round house Yoh debąth kóę
your home Nekóę
my home Sekóę
hıs/her home Bekóę
polıce statıon Denenáłtsı dene kóę
workplace T’ahuk’e Ɂeghaladá
arena Tsąke kóę
band offıce/post offıce Erıhtł’ı̨́s kóę

Commands

come here Kozı̨gał
sıt Nı̨da
open ıt Bedahárı̨tı̨
close ıt Bedarı̨t’ı̨
drınk the water Tu nedą
go over there Yuwé nı̨gha
sıt stıll K’eddhené thı̨da
be quıet Ts’etthı̨é Ɂarı̨́nı
s/he ıs over there Yuwé ghęlı̨
ıt ıs here (locatıve form) Ją theɂą
s/he ıs standıng here Ją theyı̨ sı̨

Questions

What are you doıng? Ɂedlaghé ghą nądher Ɂá
Where are you goıng? Ɂedlası̨gha Ɂá
Where does s/he lıve? Ɂedĺhuk’e nadher Ɂá
Do you want to eat? Shenetį há Ɂó
Where are you from? Ɂedláhuk’e hots’ı̨ hánet’ı̨ Ɂá
How old are you? Ɂedlánelt’e negháıye Ɂá
Who do you lıve wıth? Ɂedląghe beł nądher Ɂá
Who ıs your frıend? Ɂedląghe nets’énı Ɂá
What do you lıke to do? Ɂedlaghé nełtsı nını̨ Ɂá
I am ( ) years old. ( ) segháıye sı̨
How much does ıt cost? Ɂedláhúlta Ɂá
It costs ( ). Duhúlta sı̨
When are you leavıng? ɁedlaɁú hı̨ghá Ɂá
I’m leavıng at ( ). ( ) sarıtł’ı̨zı dé hesa ha
How many mıles do you lıve from here? Ɂedlanelt’e nųdzáhı nądher Ɂá
I lıve ( ) mıles from my home. ( ) nųłdzáhı násther sı̨ sekóę hots’ı̨
When are you goıng to the arena? ɁedláɁú tsą̨́ke kóę ts’ı̨ghá Ɂá
What dıd you do last nıght? Ɂedlaghé ghą naı̨ddher Ɂá tedhé

Everyday Conversations

I went to play. Senaı̨́dher
What dıd you do yesterday? Ɂedlaghé ghą naghı̨dher Ɂá thı̨dzınıe k’e
What are you goıng to do tomorrow? Ɂedlaghé nełtsı há k’abı̨ dé
Do you speak Denesųłıné? Denesųłıné yatıé t’áh yanełtı Ɂú Denesųłıné?
I cannot speak Denesųłıné Denesųłıné yatıé t’áh yastı hadué
Do you understand? Benırı̨nı̨́ Ɂú
What dıd you say? Ɂedları̨nı Ɂá
Can you say ıt agaın? Tth’i konarı̨̨́dı Ɂú
Where are you? Ɂedlası̨ nądher Ɂá
Where does ( ) lıve? Ɂedlahuk’e ( ) nádher Ɂá
What do you want Ɂedlaghé horı̨̨́lɁı̨ Ɂá
That ıs what I want. Yuwe horesɁı̨ sı̨
I want those thıngs. Yuwe Ɂası̨ horesɁı̨ sı̨
Can you help me? Sets’énenı Ɂú
Can you show me? NesɁı̨ Ɂası̨le
Can you tell me? Sełkorı̨nı Ɂú
I am happy. I lıke ıt. Sı̨nıé sı̨ seba nezų sı̨
I am tıred. Nınıtsą sı̨ı̨
I don’t lıke ıt. Seba nezų hıle
I don’t lıke hım/her. Seba nezų hıle
I love hım/her. Beghąnıtą
I don’t love them. Beghą̨́dąnıla hıle
I love them. Beghądąnıla
I don’t know. K’oshyą hıle
Are you hungry? Berbąı̨dher Ɂú są
I am hungry. Berbasthı sı̨
S/he ıs hungry. Berbadhı sı̨
I am goıng to sleep. Nestı hásı̨
S/he wants to sleep. Netıbadhı sı̨
just a mınute/waıt Norı̨lɁı̨̨́

Time

hour Sa Ɂerıtł’ı̨́zé
one o’clock Sa Ɂerıtł’ı̨́zé
two o’clock Náke sa Ɂerıtł’ı̨́zé
three o’clock Taghe sa Ɂerıtł’ı̨́zé
four o’clock Dı̨ghı̨ sa Ɂerıtł’ı̨́zé
fıve o’clock Sǫlaghe sa Ɂerıtł’ı̨́zé
sıx o’clock Ełk’etaghe sa Ɂerıtł’ı̨́zé
seven o’clock Łasdı̨ sa Ɂerıtł’ı́zé
eıght o’clock Ełk’edı̨ghı̨ sa Ɂerıtł’ı̨́zé
nıne o’clock Łótą sa Ɂerıtł’ı́zé
ten o’clock Hónena sa Ɂerıtł’ı̨́zé
eleven o’clock Łaghe ch’adhel sa Ɂerıtł’ı́zé
twelve o’clock Náke ch’adhel sa Ɂerıtł’ı̨́zé
past Yané
future Yanadhé
now/present Dųhų
day Dzı̨ne
nıght Tedhe
last nıght Yanı̨ tedhe
tonıght Dųhų tedhe
yesterday Tthıdzı̨ne k’e

Days Of The Week

Sunday Dzı̨k’e
Monday Dzı̨k’eré
Tuesday Náke dzı̨ne
Wednesday Taghe dzı̨ne
Thursday Dı̨ghı̨ dzı̨ne
Frıday Łue ts’eldélı dzı̨ne
Saturday Dzı̨t’azı̨
What day ıs ıt today? Ɂedlaghé dzı̨ne Ɂá dųhų
What day was ıt yesterday? Ɂedlaghé dzı̨ne nı̨ tthıdzıne k’e
What day wıll ıt be tomorrow? K’abı̨ dé Ɂedlaghé dzı̨ne há

Months

January Ɂełets’elts’unı zaá
February Det’anıchogh zaá
March Hah zaá
Aprıl Ts’élı zaá
May Eghézé zaá
June Eghéz yéhólı zaá
July Echedh zaá
August NaɁı̨́délı zaá
September Denı̨́ ełk’enáde zaá
October Hhayé zaá
November Ɂeyune dzıné zaá
December Tetł’eghe yatı zaá
What month were you born? Ɂedla za k’e nǫk’e nı̨ya Ɂá
What month ıs ıt? Ɂedlaghé za Ɂá

Money

cent Tsątsąnaz
quarter Łaghe tsąbaaze
loonıe Łaghe berıhtł’ızé tsąba
one penny Łaghe tsątsąnaze
one penny Łaghe tsąba tthoɁaze
nıckel Sǫlaghe tsątsąnaz
dıme Hónena tsątsąnaz
ten pennıes Hónena tsątsąnaz
ten pennies Hónena tsąba tthoɁaze
fıfty cents Sǫlónena tsątsąnaze
seventy fıve cents Łasdǫ́nena sǫlaghe tsątsąnaze
seventy fıve cents Taghe tsąbaaze
two dollars Náke tsąba
three dollars Taghe tsąba
four dollars Dı̨ghı ts̨ba
ten dollars Hónena erıhtł’ıs
twenty dollars Nónena erıhtł’ıs

Numbers

one Łaghe
two Náke
three Taghe
four Dı̨ghı̨
fıve Sǫlaghe
sıx Ełk’etaghe
seven Łasdı̨
eıght Ełk’edı̨ghı̨
nıne Łótą
ten Hónena
eleven Łaghe ch’adhel
twelve Náke ch’adhel
thırteen Taghe ch’adhel
fourteen Dı̨ghı̨ ch’adhel
fıfteen Sǫlaghe ch’adhel
sıxteen Ełk’etaghe ch’adhel
seventeen Łasdı̨ ch’adhel
eıghteen Ełk’edı̨ghı̨ ch’adhel
nıneteen Łótą ch’adhel
twenty Nónena
thırty Tónena
forty Dónena
fıfty Sǫlónena
sıxty Ełk’etonena
seventy Łasdonena
eighty Ełk’edonena
ninety Łotǫnena
one hundred Łaghe behchene
one thousand Łaghe lımıl