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Tlingit Phrase of the Week

Click the U symbol to hear Tlingit phrases spoken:

 

Aa yóo x’agaxdul.át yéide gé kgeegóot?
Are you going to the lecture? 
U

 

 

 
Yaakw woosh keegée yaguxdagoowú aadé gé kgeegóot?
Are you going to the canoe races? 
U

 
 

 
 


Archives:
 

May 30, 2006

Daakw aa yóo x’atánk kóo dultóowu yéide sá kgeegóot?
Which language workshop are you going to?
U
 
   
April 27, 2006

Daakw aa al’eixí xoox’ sá yéi ikgwatée?
What dance group are you with?
U

 
   
April 21, 2006

Kei kunak’éin.
It’s starting to get warm.
U


X
’eikaxwéin
yei x’akanalxwéin. The flowers are starting to bud. U
 
 
April 14, 2006

Haaw t’áni héen taa yéi naxtoo.oo.
Let’s put branches in the water.
U
 


Aadóoch sá haaw t’áni  héen taa yéi woo.oo gáax’w yís.

Who put the branches in the water for herring eggs?
U
 
March 13, 2006

Ash koolyátde naxtoo.aat.
Let’s go to the game.
U
 


Ash koolyátx’ yéi ikkwasatéen.

I’ll see you at the game.
U
 
March 6, 2006

Aadóo sá  gán akawlixóot?
Who chopped wood? 
U


Ax éesh gán akawlixóot
.
My dad chopped wood. 
U
 
Feb. 27, 2006

Aadóo sá Xunaadé wookoox?
Who went to Hoonah? 
U
 


Frank Xunaadé wookoox
Frank went to Hoonah. 
U
 
Feb. 20, 2006

Góos’ tóotdax iwdzigeet.
You fell from heaven (you’re an angel).
U
 


Nóox’sée i shiyáak’w

Your face is like a porcelain doll.
U
 
Feb. 13, 2006

Ax téix’ katix’áayi i jeewú.
You have the key to my heart.
U
 


Ax yawat’aayi x’éit yis.á!
Kiss my hot lips!
U



 
Dec. 12, 2005

Aan yátx’u sáani

“Noble people of this land”
U
 


Lingít sh tóo xaltóow
“I’m learning Lingít”
U


Gunalchéesh ax ée at yilatóowu
“Thank you for teaching me”
U
Gunalchéesh ax x’éit yisa.aa
“Thank you for listening to me”
U
Gunalchéesh áyá x’axwdataaní
“Thank you for allowing me to speak”
U
 
 
Dec. 5, 2005

Goosú i kinaak.ádi ka i s’áaxu
“Where is your coat and hat?”
U


Wáa sá kawdudlisék’w i s’áaxu

“What color is your hat?”
U
 
 
Nov. 21, 2005

Yeegoot gé yóo al’eix aa sh tóo dultóow yá nisdaat?
“Did you go to dance practice last night?”
U
 


Gwátgeen sá tsu sh tóo at gaxdultóow?

“When is the next dance practice?”
U


Yá haadé yaa nagút aa síndi gé tsu kgeegóot aadé wé l’eix?

“Are you going to the dance practice next week?”
U
Nov. 14, 2005

Sh tugáa haa ditee yagéiyi át kaax.
“We have much to be thankful for.”
U
 


Yá at wuxá gunalchéesh.

“Thank you for this food we have eaten.”
U

 


Gunalchéesh yá haa t’éit’ yeeynaagí.

“Thank you all for your support.”
U
Gunalchéesh áyá yáa yee tula.aaní.
“Thank you all for your friendship.”
U
 
Gunalchéesh háa at yilashugú
“Thank you for making me laugh!”
U
 
Nov. 7, 2005

Daa sá yisa.éeyin yá shuwaxixí aa sínde?
“What did you cook last week?”
U


Daa sá kgisa.ée seigán?

“What will you cook tomorrow?”
U

 
 
Oct. 31, 2005

Kéi kunas.áat’
“It’s starting to get cold.”
U

 


S’áaxw sháat adatín yáx duwatéen yóo shaa yá ts’ootaat.

“This morning it looked like the mountain was wearing a hat.”
U
 
 
Oct. 24, 2005

Nakw s’aatí yagiyeeyí áwé yá haadé yaa nagút aa síndi.
“Halloween is next week.” U


Ch’a ldakát at yátx’i núkdzigaa át gugwa.áat.

“All the kids will be out looking for candy.”
U
 


Axoo aa kéi has shakaguxlagéi.

“Some of them will look cute.”
U
 
Axoo aa kéi has yakaguxlaxéitl’shan.
“Some of them will look scary.”
U
 

 

 
Oct. 17, 2005

Ax léelk’w guwakaan dleeyí ínx’eesháa tóo yéi aawa.oo tliyaa aa dís kát.
“Last month my grandma put some deer meat in jars.”
U
 


K
únáx ax atxaayí áwé guwakaan dleeyí k’únts’i tín.

“My favorite meal is deer meat with potatoes.”
U
 
Oct. 10, 2005

Ax éesh ka ax dlaak’ guwakaan l’óon has woo.aat.
“My Dad and my sister went deer hunting.”
U
 


Ch’u dáxx áyá tlék’gaa has du jee yéi wootee.

“The two of them got one each.”

U

 
 
Oct. 3, 2005

Daa sá yéi ysine yáa kutaan
“What did you do this summer?”
U


Aangóonde kuxwaatéen.
“I traveled to Angoon.”
U


Deishúde ka Tlákw Aandé wutuwakoox.

“We went to Haines and Klukwan (by motorized vehicle).”
U
 
Ldakát haa xoonx’í Xunaadé wutudlitsóow xáat káx.
“Our family went to Hoonah to go fishing.”
U
 
Ax xoonítin kuwtuwak’ít’.
“I picked berries with my friends.”
U
Lingít daat át haa éewdudlitóow.
“We were taught about Lingít.”
U
Wutusiteen shayadihéini xóots.
“We saw lots of brown bears.”
U
 
   
Sept. 26, 2005

I kutaaní wáa sá wootee?
“How was your summer?”
U
 


Tlél wáa sá wootee.
“It wasn't bad.”
U


K
únáx wook’éi.
“It was really great.”
U
Wulikoodzée!
“It was amazing!”
U
 
Ax daat át woogei.
“I was very busy.”
U
Tlax kútx yéi yikaawayáatl’.
“It was too short.”
U
June 27, 2005

Note: Tlingit has no word that directly translates as ‘weekend’, so fluent speakers have given us two options: borrow the English word, or use the word ‘du wulsaayí’ which means ‘his / her rest time’
 
Yilsaayí wáa sá wootee?
“How was your weekend?”
U
 
Wáa sá wootee iweekendí?
“How was your weekend?”
U
Kúnáx wook’éi.
“It was great.”
U
Wutudiwoo eekx’ at gatooxaa.
“We went to the beach for a picnic.”
U
haadé yaa nagút sínde
“the coming week”
U
Ax táayee daa yéi jikkwané yaa haadé yaa nagút aa sínde.
“Next week I will work in my garden.”
U
 
June 20, 2005

Shaaw gaa ákwé yeegoodín?
“Did you all go to get gumboots?”
U
 


Aáa, tleeyaatgé.
“Yes, we went last week.”
U


Tléik’, yaa haadé yaa nagút aa sínde gaxtoo.áat.

“No, we will go next week.”
U
June 13, 2005

Where did you walk to?
Goodéi sá yeegoodín?
U
 


I walked to the store.

Hoon daakahídidé xwaagoot
U


Where did you all walk to?
Goodé sá yeey.aat?
U
We walked to the bookstore.
X’úx’ daakahídidé wutuwa.aat
U
 
Where did you travel to?
Goodéi sá ikawdiyaayín?
U
I flew to Hoonah.
Xunaadéi xwdikeen
U
I went (by bicycle) to see my friend.
Ax xooní xánde sh kaxwdlitseix
U
 
Where did you all travel to?
Goodé sá yeekawdiyáayin
U
We flew to Haines.
Deishúde wutudikeen
U  
We drove to the bank.
Dáanaa daakahídidé wutuwakúx
U
 
   
June 6, 2005

What were you doing?
Daa sá yéi daa.inéiyin?
U
 


I was cooking.
At xasa.éeyin
U


What were you all doing?
Daa sá yéi daaynéiyin?
U
We were eating.
At tooxáayin
U
We were fishing (with a hook).
A toost’eixín
U
 

 
May 30, 2005

Daa sá i jeewú?
“What do you have?”
U  


Héen ax jeewú.
“I have water.” 
U


Tlél héen ax jee.
“I don’t have water.”
U
 
Héen gé i jeewú?
“Do you have water?”
U
 
Aadoo jeewúsá héen?
“Who has water?”
U
 
May 23, 2005

Wáa sá i tuwatee?
“How are you?” (emotional emphasis) 
U
 


Tlél gé wáa sá eetí?

“Are you OK?”
U


X
at tukawdiyúk.
“I’m nervous.”
U
Ax toowú yanéekw.
“I’m sad.”
U
 
   
May 16, 2005

Daa sá yisa.éeyin tatgé?
“What did you cook yesterday?”
U


X
áat xwashee.útl’ tatgé.
“Yesterday I boiled fish.”
U


X
áat gagaxtoos.ée seigán.
“We are going to cook fish tomorrow.”
U
 
May 9, 2005

Gwátk sáwé at iyaxáa ts’ootáat atxaayí?
“When did you eat breakfast?”
U
 


Gishoo taayí ka k’wát xwaaxáa ts’ootaat atxaayí
.
“I ate bacon and eggs for breakfast.” 
U


Gwátgeen sáwé gageexáa sitgaawsáan atxaayí?

“When will you eat lunch?”
U
Gáax’w gatooxaaa ya satgaawsáan atxaayí sákw.
“Let’s eat herring eggs for lunch.
U
 
   
May 2, 2005

Xáat dísi
“July”

“Salmon month; when the fish return”
U
 
 

Shaa xeiyí dísi
“August”

“Mountain shadow month”
U

Dis yádi
“September”

“Child moon; young moon”
U
Dís tlein
“October”

“Big moon”
U
Kukahaa dísi
 “November”
“Digging / scratching moon; when bears dig and prepare their winter dens”
U
 
Sháanáx dísi    
“December”
“Through-the-head month; when hair shows on the seal embryo’s head”
U
T’aawák dísi
“January”
“Canada Goose month; when geese fly and call”
U
 
S’eek dísi
“February”

“Black bear month; when the cubs are born”
U  
Héen taanáx kayaaní dísi
“March”

“Month of underwater plant budding”
U  
X’éigaa kayaaní dísi
“April”

“Month of true plant budding; when land plants begin to bud and sprout”
U
At gadaxit yinaa dísi
“May”
“Month before giving birth (literally, “breeding”)”
U
At gadaxit dísi
“June”
“Birth moon; when animals give birth”
U
     
April 25, 2005

Goodéi sá ituwatee?
“Where do you want to go?”
U


Aandéi kwagoot
“I’m going to go to town”
U
 


I een naka.aat kwshé?
“Can I come with you?”
U
Naxtoo.aat.
“Let’s go!”
U
 
   
April 18, 2005

Éekka.ádi
“Beach”
U

 

Neechdéi  xwaagoot.
“I went to the beach.”
U

 

S’ook xwasiteen.
“I saw barnacles.”
U
 

Noow s’áawk’ xwasiteen.
“I saw hermit crabs.”
U
Ts’ésx’w xwasiteen.
“I saw snails.”
U
Yéil ts’áaxu xwasiteen.
“I saw limpets.”
U
 
Weixxwasiteen.
“I saw tidepool sculpins.”
U
Yaak xwasiteen.
“I saw mussels.”
U
Tayataayí xwasiteen.
“I saw sea anemones.”
U
 
Nées’ xwaasieen.
“I saw sea urchins.”
U
Yéin xwasiteen.
“I saw sea cucumbers.”
U
S’áx xwaatéen.
“I saw sea stars.”
U
Shaaw xwasiteen.
“I saw gumboots.”
U
 
   
April 11, 2005

Wáa sá sh tudinookw i tláa?“How is your mother feeling? U
 


”Wáa sá kuwanóok i éesh?
“What is your Dad doing?”
U


I léelk’w éet gé yaan.uwaháa?
“Is your grandmother hungry?”
U
Ax  yítk’ shaawakúx.
“My son is thirsty.”
U
 
Wáa sá duwaasáakw i dachxán?
“What is your grandchild’s name?”
U  
 
April 4, 2005

Terms of address:
Atlée
“Mom” 
U
 
Éesh
“Dad” 
U
yítk' 
“son”
U
sík'
“daughter”
U
 
chxánk'  
“grandchild”
U
léelk'w
“grandparent”
U
kélk' or kálk'w
“niece/nephew”
U
 
ax
“my”
U  
i
“your” (singular)
U
du
“his/her”
U
 
haa
“our”
U
yee
“your” (plural)
U
has du
“their”
U
 
   
March 28, 2005

At gatooxaayí!
“Let’s eat!”
U
 


Ax jeet kasatán wé  ách at dusxa át.
“Hand me a fork.”
U


Ax jeet tán wé s’íx’
“Hand me a plate.”
U
Ax jeet sa.ín wé kaaxwéi.
“Hand me some coffee.”
U
 
Nadáakw káx' yan yéi sané.
“Put them on the table.”
U
Yak'éi gé i atxaayí?
“ Is your food good?” U
Kunáx ax x’éi yak’éi.
“This is delicious!”
U
 
   
March 21, 2005

Basketball game dé yaa ntoo.át.
“We’re going to the basketball game.
U
 


Ash kanaxtoolyát!
“Let’s play!”
U


Kei Kagéex’!
“Shoot!”
U
Yak’éi!
“Good!”
U
 
Yan yeené!
“Be ready! (Defense!)”
U
Aasá kuyaawadlaak?
“Who won?”
U
(Team) yaawadlaak.
“(Team) won.”
U
 
   
March 14, 2005

Gáax’w ax éet uwaháa.
“I’m hungry for herring eggs.”
U


G
áax’w gé i jeewú?
“Do you have any herring eggs?”
U
 


Aasá gáax’w a jeewú?
“Who has herring eggs?”
U
Gáax’w gé i tuwáa sigóo?
“Do you want herring eggs?” 
U
 
Gáax’w  gatooxaayí!
“Let’s eat herring eggs!”
U
 
March 7, 2005

X’oon gaaw sáyá?
“What time is it?”
U
 
Déix gaaw áyá.
“It’s 2:00.”
 U
Déix gaaw ka ashoowú áyá.
“It’s 2:30.”
U

S’ootaat atxá gaawú áyá.
“It’s time for breakfast.”
U
 

Sitgawsáan atxá gaawú áyá.
“It’s lunch time.”
 U

Xáanaa atxá gaawú áyá.
“It’s dinner time.”
 U

Tá gaawú áyá.
“It’s time for bed.”
U

     
Feb. 28, 2005

tléix’
“one”
U  


déi
x
“two”
U  


nás’k

“three”
U  
 
daax’oon
“four”
U  
 
keijín
“five”
U  
tleidooshú
“six”
U  
daxadooshú
“seven”
U  
 
nas’gadooshú
“eight”
U  
gooshúk
“nine”
U  
jinkaat
“ten”
U  
jinkaat ka tléix’
“eleven”
U  
jinkaat ka déix
“twelve”
U  
 
tleikáa
“twenty”
U  
tleikáa ka tléix’
“twenty-one”
U  
nás’k jinkaat
“thirty”
U  
 
daax’oon jinkaat
“forty”
U  
keijín jinkaat
“fifty”
U  
tleidooshú jinkaat
“sixty”
U  
 
daxadooshú jinkaat
“seventy”
U
 
nas’gadooshú jinkaat
“eighty”
U
gooshúk jinkaat
“ninety”
U
tléix’ hándit
“one hundred”
U
 
déix hándit
“two hundred”
U
 

Feb. 21, 2005

Wáa sá sh teedinook?
“How are you feeling?”
U
 


Tléil ushk’é.
“Not good.”
U
 

Xat yanéekw.
“I’m sick.”
U

Xat wudixwétl.
“I’m tired.”
U

Tléil ushk’é.
“Not good.”
U
 

Xat yanéekw.
“I’m sick.”
U

Xat wudixwétl.
“I’m tired.”
U

Feb. 14, 2005

Xat isixán agé?
“Do you love me?”
U
 
Ixsixán! 
“I love you!”
U
 
Ldakát wuháanch, itusixán.
“We love you.”
U
I likoodzée!
“You’re awesome!”
U
Feb. 7, 2005

Ax toowóo sigóo ixwsakoowú!
“I’m happy to know you!”
U
 


I shakligéi!
“You’re cute!”
U


Haandéi I jín!
“Shake hands!”
U
Jan. 31, 2005

Ax éet idashí.

“I need help."
U
 
   

Gunalchéesh ax éet yidasheeyí.
“Thank you for helping me.”
U
 

   
Jan. 24, 2005

Daa sá i éet uwaháa?
“What are you hungry for?”
U
 

Xáat ax éet uwaháa.
“I’m hungry for fish.”
U
 

 



 

Ishaawakúx gé?
“Are you thirsty?”
U

Héen gé ituwáa sigóo?
“Do you want water?”
U

Tsook’ gé?
“Do you want more?”
U
 

Déi áwé.  Xat shaawahík.
“That’s enough.  I’m full.”
U
 

   
Dec. 20, 2004

Gu.aal kwshé yak’éi itáakw ijeet wugoodík
“May a good year come to you”
U
 

Dec. 13, 2004

Neildé gé gageegóot atxá yís?
“Are you coming home to eat?”
U
 

Aáa, wéidé yakáa wuháa
“Yes, I’ll be there”
U
Tléik’
“No.”
U



 

Dec. 6, 2004
 
I yéi jiné yí yak’éi
”You do good work”
U
Yak’éi i een yéi jixanéyí
”It’s good to work with you”
U



 

Nov. 29, 2004
 
   
Tsu yéi ikkwasatéen
”I’ll see you again”
U
Jinkwát sheeltín
”Take care”
U

Igu.aa yax x’wán
”Have courage”
U
 

Nov. 22, 2004

Wáa sá kuwatee?
"How’s the weather?"
U
 

Tlél kooshk’é
"The weather isn’t good" U
 

Kei kunas.áat’
"It’s getting cold" U

Séew daak wusitán
"It’s raining" U

Dleit daak wusitán
"It’s snowing" U
 

Kuligóos’
"It’s cloudy" U

 
Nov. 15, 2004

Wáa sá keeyanóok?
"What are you doing?" U 
 

Yéi jixané.
"I am working" U
 

Xadatóow.
"I am reading" U
Kaxashxeet.
"I am writing" U
Nov. 8, 2004

Daa sáwé gees.ée?
"What are you cooking?"
U
 

Xáat gaxas.ée
"I am cooking fish"
U
 

   
Nov. 1, 2004

Daa sá i tuwáa sigóo yei daa i neiyí?
“What do you want to do?”
U
 

Ax tuwáa sigóo xwataayí
“I want to sleep”
U
 

Ax tuwáa sigóo at xwaxayí
“I want to eat”
U 
Neildéi ax tuwaatee
“I want to go home”
U
Oct. 25, 2004

Goodéi sá yaa neegút?
“Where are you walking to?”
U
 
Neildéi yaa nxagút
“I’m walking home”
U
Atxá daakahídidéi yaa nxagút
“I’m walking to the restaurant”
U
Dáanaa daakahídidéi yaa nxagút
“I’m walking to the bank”
U
 
Oct. 18, 2004

Daat naax sá i sitee?
“What moiety are you?”
U
 
Yéil naax xat sitee
“I’m Raven”
U
Ch’áak’ naax xat sitee
“I’m Eagle”
U
 
 
Oct. 11, 2004

Goox’ sá yéi i yatee?
“Where do you live?”
U
 
Dzántik’i héenix’ yéi xat yatee.  
“I live in Juneau”
U
Sheet’káx’ yéi xat yatee.
“I live in Sitka”
U
 
 
Oct. 4, 2004

Daat eeteenáx sá i yatee?
“What do you need?”
U
 
Dáanaa eeteenáx xat yatee
“I need money”
U
Héen eeteenáx xat yatee
“I need water”
U
 
 
Sept. 27, 2004

I éet agé yaan.uwaháa?
“Are you hungry?”
U
 
Aáa, ax éet yaan.uwaháa
“Yes, I’m hungry”
U
Tléik’, tlél ax éet yaan.uwaháa
“No, I’m not hungry”
U
 
 
Sept. 20, 2004

Daa sáwé eexá?
“What are you eating?”
U
 
Xáat xaxá
“I’m eating fish”
U
Gáax’w xaxá
“I’m eating herring eggs” U
 
 
Sept. 13, 2004

Wáa sá i yatee?
“How are you?”
U
 

Xat yak’éi
“I’m fine”
U

Tlél wáa sá
“OK”
U
 
 
Sept. 6, 2004
 
Yak’éi ixwsateení
“It’s good to see you” U
Yak’éi yee xwsateení
“It’s good to see you all”
U
 

 

 

 

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