Word of the Day

dic mbosant nanokens!

(Good morning everyone!)

gen waytas lapniks gi.

(Today is Tuesday.)


Today we will look at the last 3 sentences and learn an interesting fact about Klamath.

  1. ni ambo bonwat. In English it can be: I can drink water.
  2. ni kopi bonwat. In English it can be: I can drink coffee.
  3. q-ai ni kopi bonwat. In English it can be: I can’t drink coffee.


In Klamath, the verbs are very interesting. A Klamath verb can be either past tense or present tense. There is no separate form for the past tense as there is in English.

So, sle-a can means either see or saw. The context of the conversation makes it clear what tense is intended.


On the hand out in the first column on the left hand side of the page, there is a word: ona. This word means: yesterday. In Klamath there are numerous words that I call “Time Elements.” The Time Element in a sentence sets the stage for what tense can be used.


If I say the sentence: ni yayna sle-a, it can either be translated as a past tense or a present tense. If I say the sentence: ona ni yayna sle-a (yesterday I saw the mountain), the sentence can only be a past tense.


On the hand out there are several Time Elements. Now make some sentences. Some with the Time Elements and some without. The hand out Klamath nouns, verbs and non-nouns is very useful.Klamath nouns, verbs and non. If you have any questions, you can email me and I will answer your questions.

My email address is: ron.busby@klamathtribes.com