Reclaiming Your Language

Word of the Day

Today we will have a few new words and sentences with them in them. kcalga=to radiate light, give off heat warmth cause a sunburn. The 1st noun of this verb is: kcalgis. It can mean: ray of light, heat, warmth or a sunburn. A good sentence here that comes to mind is: loloks kcalgis kcalga. […]

Word of the Day

The single most important suffix used in the Klamath language is the -is suffix added to verbs to make what are called-agent nouns. This means the person who does the action of the verb. In English there are agent nouns. These are things like teacher, librarian and speaker. There is an agent noun for every […]

Reclaiming Your Language

This is a story built upon the words I sent out to you. hot mo qdocisaltko gi.  qdocis kes glega. ona mo kesaltko giwapka. lobini hot qdoca coy hot kena. hot  sqo hesla gi. psin giulank hot mo slewisaltko. gen (what’s the subject of this sentence) waytas q-ai slewis-as gi. he ad dic nepka sanauli, […]

Word of the Day

Today we are going to have a quick list to look at. These are all words that can be used many times over and  over. We will start with a standard verb. Then we will change the verb to a noun and then add a suffix that makes the word the one we can use […]

Word of the Day

I am going to go over the first 10 of the verbal suffixes again because if I go on without doing it, it will not get done. 1.-t domna + t=domnat ni goge domnat. I can hear the river. 2. -wapka=will domna+ -wapka=domnawapka mbosant ni goge domnawapka. Tomorrow I will hear the river. 3. -ota=while […]

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Today we will finish up with the verb suffixes. I thought it best to provide examples of the use of suffixes. 1. -iya=doing the action for another person example: uccayiya=splitting wood for someone else 2. -is=turns a verb into a noun The noun can be either the person who does the action of the verb […]

Word of the Day

Today we will look at a process that everyone who is learning Klamath needs to be aware of and work toward being able to use. That process is the process of adding suffixes to nouns and verbs to change the meaning of the sentences you work with. Today we will look at verb suffixes. Not […]

Word of the Day

Today we will finish the story we started Friday. Our story is: was coy dom weks. I am sure that this looks very challenging. If you take it one sentence at a time, it is not too bad. I know you can do it! coy ad papadshatkowapka! domni dom weks wola, “swinank, swinank, swinank, swinank […]

Starting today we will have a separate email for Reclaiming Your Language. We will be examining new verbs, making nouns from them and making as many different sentences as possible. That means we will be using as many suffixes as we can. I seem to remember sending out the list of suffixes. If not, I can do it again.

We will start with 10 verbs and see how it goes.

1. lbena=to dig                                                      6. lolwa=to sleep outdoors

2. lbuka=to exist, be alive                                   7. luyega=to lift up

3. ledsha=to knit                                                   8. haspa=to feed

4. le-ola=to be lost, to wander                            9. masa=to taste, to be sick

5. lokanka=to be lost, to wander                       10. macatka=to pay attention, to listen

Do you remember how to make nouns?

1st noun= add the suffix is. It means the person doing the action of the verb or the action itself.

2nd noun= add the suffix -as. Generally this means: verb + ing. It can also be another form of the noun.

3rd noun=add the suffix -otkis. This is the tool or instrument used to do the action of the verb. This noun is a group of nouns. i.e. sle-otkis=telescope, pair of glasses, microscope, magnifying glass. Other I am sure.