Southern Tutchone - Phrases of the Day

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    In case you missed it, here are all our Southern Tutchone - Tàá’an Män (Lake Laberge) Dialect First Nation Phrases of the Day. Please note, all these translation have been generously provided by Nakhela Bunbury.

    Word: 

    Southern Tutchone:

    Pronunciation:

    Son (father speaking)

    Äyea

    Ahh-yay ah

    Father

    Ätà

    Ah-tah                 

    Child

    Dunèn  

    Do_nen                                   

    Aunt 

    Amaya

    Ah-mayah

    Uncle (same clan)

    Ändüa

    Un dooh ah

    Girl

    Äghàjęla

    Ah-gahh jellah

    My younger brother

    Äshäla

    Uh-shul-ah

    Grandmother

    Äsua

    Ah-sue-aw

    Grandfather

    Äśia

    Ah-see-ah

    Daughter (father speaking)

    Äthea

    Ah-thay ah

    Phrase:

    Southern Tutchone:

    Pronunciation:

    It’s foggy

    ùr nàjènagwát                      

    uur-na-jenna-gwat

    Yes, my mother is well.

    Àghay, ama äzhäw

    Ah-ghuy, ah-mah ah-zhow

    Who is this man?

    Mà ch’i zhän däk’an?

    Mah-ch’ee zhun deck-un

    Where are the children?

    Dunènà jà?

    Do-nen ahh jah

    How do you feel?

    Niyenji Dakwäch’ea?

    Duk-wha-chah

    How is the baby? 

    Dunèn ghra däch’a?

    Do-nen khrah duh ch’ahh

    I feel good

    Äyenji shä`wkwathän

    I-n-g show-kwa-thun

    I’m not feeling good

    Äyenji äju shä`akwathän

    I-n-g ah-joo show-kwu-thun

    I’m angry

    Ä’ya kwadhä`t

    Ah-yah-kwah-thut

    Are you well?

    Ni Zhäwa

    Nee zhow-ah

    How is it outside?

    Nee zhow-ah

    Che, cha, duh, kwa, cha

    It is cold outside

    Chįch'a kwäk'ü

    Che, cha, kway, ku

    I’m sick

    Jennida

    Jenee-dah

    It is raining

    Sha nįsha

    Sha neesha

    It’s snowing

    Yäw Níkhyäw

    Yow-nee-khe-yow

    Is your mother well?

    Nįma äzhawa

    Nee-mah ah-zhow-ah

    Moose

    Khànày

    Khun-eye

    it is windy

    ints'i nįts'i

    int,see,nit,see

    A warm wind is blowing

    Ints’i dhäl nįts’i

    In-tsee thul neets-ee

    It’s sunny

    Sha kwä`nlį

    Shaw-kwan-lee

    Animal words:

    Southern Tutchone:

    Pronunciation:

    Cow moose

    Däghür

    Dah-gur (growling)

    Bull Moose

    Dènjì

    Den-Jee

    Yearling Moose

    Chį Wà

    Chee-urrah

    Calf moose

    Dèsia

    Desi-ah

    Caribou

    Mezi

    Meh-zee

    Sheep

    mbay

    mi (silent b)

     

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