Reclaiming Your Language

Word Of the Day

Today we will look at a verbal suffix. It says a lot what life was like for our ancestors. They had a way of asking “Please.” This suffix goes onto any verb. It is the suffix -ank. This is one place on the list of getting someone to do something. Let’s take the verb “celga.” […]

Word of the Day

The word today is a suffix used on nouns. The suffix is -la. This suffix is used mostly with reference to food. For example, the word for huckleberry is” iwam.” It can be attached here with the meaning of gathering or collecting huckleberries. iwamla ona sa iwamla. Yesterday they gathered huckleberries. wokasla gen waytas nad […]

Word of the Day

Today we are going to look at one word. The word is geliak. The word “gi” has as one of its meanings: to have. geliak means: does not have. Or to be without, without, not possessed of or lacking. hot dwa geliak. He doesn’t have anything. hot nanokdwa geliak. He is deprived of everything. hot […]

Word of the Day

Today I will be giving you the sentences of how many days are in each month. Remember: month + number + waytas + gi. 1. January has 31 days. tgopo ndanni tewnip ant nas waytas gi. 2. February has 28 days. Every forth year February has 29 days. spelwish lapni tewnip ant ndanksept waytas gi. […]

Word of the Day

Today we are going to put our number sense to use. tgopo=January                                     lapni tgopo=June spelwish=February                             lapni spelwish=July datglamni=March                                ndanni tgopo=August shinaktis=April                                    ndanni spelwish=September kapca=May                                           lapni datglamni=October                                                                lapni shinaktis=November                                                                lapni kapca=December The sentences we are going to make is how many days are there in each month. This is the structure we will use: […]

Word of the Day

Today we are going to be working with numbers but in a different way. We are going to be doing some simple math. The key words to know are: netna=add shiatka=divide subtract=kinkani shuta multiply is the suffix -ni equals=gi numbers through 10 are: nas=1                              6. nacksept=6 lap=2                               7. lapksept=7 ndan=3                           8. ndanksept=8 wonip=4                        nacqeks=9 tonip=5                          tewnip=10                      […]

Word of the Day

Today we are going to work with numbers a little more. We will all make our birthday date in Klamath. You can then make the birthday dates of the people in your family. I will give you the months of the year so this this information is handy.                      Right hand                                           Left hand                   tgopo=January                                     […]

Word of the Day

Today we will make some dates for our calendar. Klamath uses the number form with the -ni suffix to describe something in relation to other numbers-first, second, third, fourth, fifth,… So, we have a third use for this suffix. The suffix -ni indicates what is called the ordinal number. Today’s date is: December31st. We will […]

Word of the Day

Today we are going to have fun with the info we learned about numbers. I will write up some sentences. One of them will be a good sentence. You get to find the good sentence from among the group. 1. gen waytas lobini gi. Today is Monday. gen waytas lapniks gi. Today is Monday. gen […]

Word of the Day

Today we will examine some patterns in numbers, what a number looks like when it is used and some “daily” uses of numbers. For the numbers 20 and beyond we have some interesting ways the numbers are expressed. There is a suffix -ni- that is used two different ways. The first way it means: Times […]

Word of the Day

This week we will be looking at Klamath numbers. 1. one=nas 2. two=lap 3. three=ndan 4. four=wonip 5. five=tonip 6. six=nacksept 7. seven=lapksept 8. eight=ndanksept 9. nine=nacqeks 10. ten=tewnip The numbers from 11-19 have a different pattern that is used in many numbers after 20 so it must be learned. The number for 10-tewnip-occurs in […]

Word of the Day

Today we are going to take the sentences we made for the last two days and take it to the next level of complexity. There are several things we could do, but we will add adjectives to our sentences. Our sentence structure was the basic Pronoun + noun  + Verb. Our new sentence structure will […]

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.