Sealaska Heritage

Sealaska Heritage Institute Tlingit Language Video Podcast

Tlingit Language Podcast

This language podcast is dedicated to supporting language learners, teachers, and speakers. It was produced by Sealaska Heritage Institute—a regional, Native nonprofit serving the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian—in partnership with SERRC—Alaska’s Educational Resource Center.

Compiled by SHI Language Coordinator Katrina Hotch, a language learner, and funded by the Department of Education Alaska Native Education Program.

Content of this podcast does not necessarily represent the policy of DOE, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

Recreation: X̱aad Kíl

X̱aad Kíl vocabulary for recreational activities. Audio by Claude Morrison and Ben Young.

The letter  "X̱"

The underlined x, x̱ , is one of the 8 X-sounds in Tlingit. The underline lets you know that this sound is produced from farther back in your mouth and is sometimes difficult to pronounce since we aren't used to producing that kind of sound in English. This episode contains examples of words that have this sound. Fluent speaker examples by Nora Marks Dauenhauer, Fred White, Marsha Hotch, Johnny Marks, and David Katzeek.
Audio icon the letter x_.mp3 (3.98 MB)

Food: Sm'algya̱x

Sm'algya̱x vocabulary for some common and traditional foods. Audio by David A. Boxley and Donna May Roberts.
File food_smalgyax.mp4 (9.41 MB)

Food: X̱aad Kíl

X̱aad Kíl vocabulary for some common and traditional foods. Audio by Claude Morrison and Ben Young.
File food_xaadkil.mp4 (9.07 MB)

The Letter "Ḵ"

The underlined k, ḵ , sound comes from farther back and is sometimes difficult to pronounce since we aren't used to producing that kind of sound in English. This episode contains examples of this sound. Fluent speaker examples by Nora Marks Dauenhauer, Johnny Marks, June Pegues, Marsha Hotch, and David Katzeek.
Audio icon theletterk_.mp3 (4.03 MB)

Food: Lingít

Lingít vocabulary for some common and traditional foods with a few examples of how to answer the question "What are you eating?" Tlingit audio by Johnny Marks, June Pegues, Marsha Hotch, David Katzeek, Nora Marks Dauenhauer, and Fred White.
File food_lingit.mp4 (9.13 MB)

Part 1 of series with language learners and teachers

In this interview, Susie shares what she enjoys about her language as well as different strategies for language learning.
Audio icon learner_se.mp3 (7.97 MB)

Buildings: X̱aad Kíl

Begin learning the X̱aad Kíl vocabulary for common buildings through audio by Claude Morrison and Ben Young.

Confusing pairs, part 3

This episode has words that differ by only one or two sounds. In this episode, the differences are explained and samples of the words are pronounced by fluent speakers Nora Marks Dauenhauer, David Katzeek, Fred White, and Marsha Hotch.

Buildings: Sm'algya̱x

Begin learning the vocabulary for common buildings through Sm'algya̱x audio by David A. Boxley and Donna May Roberts.
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