Kahta Mamook Kopa Chinook Wawa - How to speak Chinook
Greetings, Salutations & Stuff
Klahowya, Klahowyum - a greeting or salutation,
but also used in the context "please help me" or "I'm miserable"
Gibbs notes that use of this word as a greeting may have emerged from a misunderstood whined complaint made to white men by natives; such complaints - made in the course of begging for goods or food - were perhaps so common they were mistaken as the standard greeting. Please see Greetings & Courtesies.
Kloshe Sun - Good day
UNDER CONSTRUCTION - words on this page are found throughout the other pages of the Chinook jargon. These are some of the most common, useful, and necessary words in the Jargon. All of them are found on other pages of this phrasebook.
|Illahee, illahie, illi'i - Land, country,
earth, soil - in both physical and political senses; the apostrophe in the
last spelling denotes a glottal stop, as may also the 'h' in the other spellings
Chinook Illahee - the Chinook-speaking region, or the land of the Chinook people (the lower Columbia)
Hiyu - many, lots of
Hyak - Fast, swift
Klahwa - slow, slowly
Tenas, tenass - small, little, weak, lesser, few
Mamook - do, make, perform
Please see Verbs
Chickamin, tsikamin, chickmin - Metal, money
|Kwanesum - Forever, eternity, always
Klonas - perhaps, maybe
Spose - if, what if
Laly, L-a-a-aly - Long, long time
Properly an emphatic adjective, and used with other terms such as ahnkuttie and alki. As with the prononciation of many Chinook words, lengthening the vowels in this word increases the amount of time referred to.
Ahnkuttie - the past, Long ago
Commonly used as laly ahnkuttie - long, long ago, "once upon a time", the olden days, antiquity.
Alta - now, the present time, the here and now
Source of name for Alta Lake at Whistler, BC.
Alki - the future, times to come
Pronounced al-kai. Source of name for Seattle's Alki Point. NB Laly alki - some time soon, the near future.
Chee - lately, new
Hyas chee - entirely new, immediately new/recent, i.e. "just now". The context of the name Chee Whit ("arrived one", "new one") may be of this reknowned person's ability to appear in unsuspected places in the bush. Chee Whit was a Chilcotin woman who was raped and beaten by her husband on her wedding night and fled, never setting foot indoors again. She lived for decades alone as a wanderer in the Chilcotin and Lillooet Wildernesses, and died sometime in the 1960s. A variant spelling of her name used in a recent published biography is Chiwid.
|Oleman, oloman - old man, old (as adj.)
Used as an adjective for "old" for objects and male animals, e.g. hyas oleman kiuatan - a very old horse. Concerning objects,it is used in the sense of being "worn out", rather than in terms of age or provenance. The alternate spelling of this word suggests that it may come from "hungry man", as elderly natives were often destitute in hunter-gatherer societies and dependent on others for their food. Like Scotchman, this is a family name in the Lillooet region.
Lammieh, lummi, lummieh - old woman
Could be used as an an adjective for "old" for female animals, e.g. hyas lummi kiuatan - a very old mare, although hyas oleman klootchman kiuatan may have been more likely a construction.
Tyee - chief or leader
Please see Time & The Elements.
|Nika, naika - I, me, mine
Nesika, nesaika - We, us, ours
Mika, maika - yours (sing.)
Mesika, mesaika - yours (pl.)
Yaka - he/she, him/her, his/hers
Klaska - they, them, theirs
Okook, okoke, oke, oak-oak, ukuk, uguk, uk- - this, that
Klaksta - who, "they who"
Yukwa - here, this thing here
Yahwa, Yahkwa - there, that thing there
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