Word of the Day

Last night we had a good Zoom Meeting-5pm-5:30pm. It went well and I want to thank those who came and participated. Today we will continue with the third group of three verbs and add a Time Element to our sentences. Time elements are one way that Klamath can locate their sentences in time.

The three verbs are: dicewa=like, sanauli=want and gattka=to be cold. As before we will use the word ni=I as the subject.  So, our sentence structure is: ni ____ verb.

dicewa requires an object. When you like you like something. So, so far this sentence looks like this:

ni ________ dicewa. Whatever you want to say you like is a noun or color you put in the blank.

Looking at page 2 of the handout Klamath nouns, verbs and non-nouns in the noun section, you can chose the thing of your choice.

ni giwas dicewa. I like Crater Lake.

The more sentences you make the easier it will be. So, starting at the top at “yayna” make that sentence. Continue on with each noun and when you get to salam you are finished.

What is your favorite season? Answer in Klamath. You can do this.

Now do the same thing with sanauli. It will also require an object. You want something. When you finish with that verb-all of the possible nouns- go onto gattka.

gattka does not require an object. The sentence is complete when you say: I am cold. However, this is a good time to branch out to other subjects. You are able to say: winter is cold. In Klamath what is that sentence? At our next meeting, I will ask for this sentence.

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Now for the time elements. On the left hand side of the page of our handout about 2/3 of the way down that column we see the words: ona=yesterday, and gen waytas-today. We are familiar with the word mbosant. This word can mean morning and tomorrow. Morning is a noun and tomorrow is used as a time element.

Time elements go at the very beginning of the sentence and provide extra information to the sentence.

ni lilhanks sle-a. If we say: ona ni lilhanks sle-a. Yesterday I saw a deer.

We can also say : gen waytas ni lilhanks sle-a. Today I saw a deer.

mbosant ni lilhanks sle-a. Tomorrow I will see a deer.

As you can see sentence making gets more and more complex. But you are closer to having a conversation with each change.