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Tahltan Language
CHAPTER THREE: Lesson 1 
Task One: Phone (*Ponē)

The telephone has become a major part of our culture so it is only fitting that we cover a basic phone conversation:

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a.) Bob: Hā·ha’. (Hello!)

b.) Adam: Hā’ha’ du·da an·t’e (Hello, how are you?)

c.) Bob:  So·ga as·t’ē. Ni·ni k’a·ji (Good, I am, and you?)

 
d.) Adam: Si·ni k’a·ji so·ga ās·t’ē (Me too, Good, I am)

e.) Bob: Du·da ān·t’ī·ni (What you doin’?)

f.) Adam: Du·we. S̱es̱·da ze·dle. Ni·ni k’a·ji? (Nothin’, just sitting.Haw ’bout you?)

g.) Bob: Si·ni k’a·ji, s̱es̱·da zed·le. (Me too, I’m just sitting)

h.) Adam: Du·da a·dīn·t’īli. (What you gon’ do hauhn?)

i.) Bob: Uts’i·kē·di ki·me, ho·t’si’ desał. (Store, I’m goin’ to)
 

j.) Adam: Ye·da łi·ta·dīn·le? (What you gon’ buy?)

k.) Bob: E·dū·t’ē·ge łi·ta·dēs·leł. (Shells, I’m gon’ buy.)

l.) Adam: Ts̱e·da en-eł dē·sāł. (Wait, with you, I’ll go.)

m.) Bob: Ē, a·ni na·dū·t’azi. (Ok, come-on let’s go.)

n.) Adam: Ē, na·nū·st'isi. (Ok, I’ll be seeing you.)

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: play the role of Adam and later play the role of Bob.



Task Two: Going
Coming and going is a major part of most of our daily activities so here we’ll learn the phrases and sentences surrounding this activity.

a.) Adam:u·ts’i·kē·di ki·me ho·ts’i’ dē·sał - (Store, I'm, gonna go to)

b.) Eve:Me·da en-eł ho·ts’i’ da ·dā·li - (Who are you going there with?)
 

c.) Adam:Bob es-eł ho·ts’i’ di·t’as. (Bob, me with, to there we go)

d.) Eve:Ē, ed·la ts’i’ dē·sał. -
 ( Ok, I’m gon’ to mom)

e.) Adam: Ē. -
(Yes, or ok.)

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: play the role of Adam and later play the role of Eve.


 

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


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