Since there are several new people in the Zoom meeting, we will start again at the beginning for them and as a review for the others.
A sentence is made from a Subject-the thing in the sentence that does the action in the sentence. The verb is the action in the sentence. Some verbs require an object.
The standard word order in Klamath is: Subject + Object-if there is one- +verb.
I have a demonstration sentence-something everyone needs to choose after some time in the class. My demonstration sentence is: ni yayna sle-a. I see the mountain. A demonstration sentence is 3 words that make a sentence that can be used to “demonstrate” all of the changes that will be part of the sentences we make.
There is a handout that I would like everyone to have in front of them. It is the basic beginning for learning Klamath. It is : Klamath Nouns, Verbs and Non-nouns. If you do not have one of these, please email me and I will send you one and you can print it out so you can look at it while we have your Zoom class. This Zoom meeting is not the main item of learning Klamath. I can give you new material that you can practice during the week with those in your family. I refer to this as you family meetings. This is extremely important. It is when you will be getting the language practice you need to learn Klamath.
So, making sentences is the basis of Klamath as it is for all languages. Your task is to make sentences and ask questions during the Zoom meetings. Or you can email me your questions and I will reply as soon as I see your questions. Think of a child learning its first language. Do young children make mistakes when learning to speak? Do you think badly of them because of making mistakes? No one in the class will think badly of you and it is impossible to learn any language without making mistakes.
If you make a mistake, it is a learning moment because you will learn something the way it should be. So, mistakes can help you. However, if you have a question and don’t ask, I don’t know you have a question. Please ask!