CHAPTER TWO: Lesson 4
The next lesson would assume that we leave the house after breakfast so the focus is on greetings. In Tałtan we do not greet with a ‘good morning to you’. Instead we comment on the morning as being good.
Task One: Leaving the house
a.) Comment: Cha-chō-lo-n hoti’e (Morning, it is Great).
b.) Response: Ē Cha-chō-lo-n hoti’e (Yes, morning, it is Great).
Task Two: General conversation 1
In any situation, the following question is - What’s up? But in Tałtan we would say: “What are you doing?”
a.) Ralph, Question: Duda ān-t’īni (What are you doing?).
b.) John, Response: Band office ho-tsi’ dēsā
l (Band Office, to I am going)
or, alternatively John could say:
c.) John: Edu ye'ast'in (Nothing, I'm doing).
And then John could ask:
a.) Yeda ga-di'īn-ła (What’s on your mind?).
b.) Ralph: Edū ti’e ane-t’e (not too much.)
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.