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Tahltan Language


This next section assumes that we would go home for lunch and it begins with a greeting upon arrival.

Task One: Lunch Time

Here we assume the wife is entering the home where her husband has prepared her lunch.

a.)  Wife, greeting/question:  Duda ānt’ē (How are you?).

b.)  Husband, response:  Soga āst’īn, nini k’aji (Good, I am, and you?).

c.)  Wife, response:  Sini k’aji soga āst’ē (me too, Good, I am).

An alternative from husband, or wife can be:

d.)  Edū āst’ē (Bad, I am feeling/doing).

Task Two: Additional cooking phrases and words

By now we should have acquired quite an array of conversational words and phrases that we can utilize in combination with the new stuff we are learning as we move throughout our day.

Here we will learn new words and phrases to expand on the knowledge we acquired from the morning section(s) surrounding kitchen and eating activities.

a.) Wife, question:  Yede sīn-t’ehi (What you cooked?).

b.) Husband, response:  Tā-z (Soup).

c.) Husband. Question:  Dīn-bede (You, hungry?).

d.) Wife, Statement:  E des-bet, nini k’aji (Yes I’m hungry. How about you?).

e.) Husband, Statement:  Sini K'aji des-bet (Yes I’m hungry).

Task Three:  Table conversation

a.) Husband, command:  Ani, sin-da en-tsests (Come, sit down. You eat.)

b.) Wife response: Ē (Yes or okay.)

c.) Wife question:  Ēł-kūkh idī-da (Where’s the salt?)

d.) Husband responding and pointing:  Eji  ēł-kūkh (Right there’s the salt.)

e.) Wife responding:  Es-ghana (Pass it or give it to me!)

f.) Husband response while passing the salt:  Na’a (Here take it.)

g.) Wife responding:  Mē-duh (Thanks.)


Task Four: Tasting  

a.) Husband question:  Tā-zeł dude āt'e (How is it, soup?)

b.) Wife responding:  Mmm łani łeh-di (Mmm, real good.)

c.) Husband boasting/response:  E soga esi-t’eh (Yeah. good I cook.)

d.) Wife responding while giving him dog-eye in combination with verbal expression: Łāni (Give me a break!) Łani translates as "real" or "really." As in Lani icho (real big), but it can also be used to state a person’s disapproval of somebody’s action.

Learn these phrases and sentences and then practice the individual parts with a partner. Make arrangements with a fellow student and practice the conversation by switching roles.

Tałtan Language Program
Tahltan Central Government
PO Box 69
Tatl’ah (Dease), BC VOC 1L0
Phone: (250) 771-32274

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