Tsuutina Language



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    Tsuut'ina Consonants that are similar to English sounds




    1 - d - like English 'd', as in 'do'
      didili money
         
    2 - j - like English J as in 'jab'
      jìjáchÅ« plum s Literally: 'berry large'
         
    3 - g - like English g as in 'go'
      guná he, she, it, is talking
         
    4
    - t - like English 't', as in 'to'
      tazayisyal
    midnight yal, stem 'it is dark'
      Literally: ' it has become the middle of the night '
         
    5
    - s - like English as in 'soon'
      sÄ«tó n
    it is lying {stick-like object}
         
    6
    - k - like English as in 'keep'
      sÄ«kó n
    it is lying a cup, dish, or similar object
         
    7
    - l - like English ' l ', as in 'like'
      nÄ«lÄ« you sg. are 3rd person, verb 'to be'

       
    8
    - z - like English 'z', as in 'zip'
      disyÄ«Ä«z
    they ran away
         
    9
    - m - like English 'm', as in 'much'
      mÄ«yÄ«tÅ�àÅ�í
    wagon s
      Literally : it goes along as if someone was pushing it
         
    10
    - n - like English 'n', as in 'new'
      naaya Get up! Command given to 1 person
         
    11
    - y - like English 'y', as in 'yes'
      yiyáÅ� he, she is walking
         
    12
    - w - like English 'w', as in 'water'
      wÄ«nÄ«gà
    south




    2. Consonant groups that are similar to English groups:



    13
    - dl -
    like English 'dl', as in midland'
      dlúnÄ�
    mouse, mice
         
    14
    - dz - like English 'ds', as in 'adds' or 'bids'
      yÄ«dÄ«dzá
    he/she starts carrying it
      group of bead-like/tobacco - like objects
         
    15
    - sh - like English 'sh' as in 'ship'
      dÄ«shá
    I'm going
         
    16
    - ch - like English 'ch' as in 'church'
      chóót'Ä«
    it is raining {< chó ' rain ' �át'ī 'it is'}
         




    3. Tsuut'ina Consonants that do not exist in English

    17
    - t� -
     
      tÅ�Ä«s pounded chokecherries
       
    18 - t' -  
      Ê�át'Ä� it is like that
       
    19
    - tÅ�' -  
      tÅ�'Å«w medicine
       
    20 - ts' -  
      gÅ«ts'ìs somebody's elbow s
       
    21
    - ch' -  
      ch'at'agha sun / clock / month
       
    22 - k' -  
      dik'oyi coyote
       
    23
    - � - glottal stop
      siÊ�o he / she / it is lying there solid object
       
    24
    - � - barred ' L '
      yÄ«yáÅ� he/she is walking along progressive
       
    25 - gh -
     
      sigha my daughter s {man speaking}
       
    26
    - x -
     
      Ê�Ä«sxòÅ�
    I'm hitting him / her / it with a whip




    Tsuut�ina Vowel sounds



      -a- { á - high tone; Ä� - mid tone; à - low tone}
    27a sīghá my daughter s {man speaking}
       
    27b gùj� good, fine
       
    27c sit��ulà my rope
     
     
      -i- { í - high tone Ä« - mid tone ì - low tone}
    28a síní I, me
       
    28b sīzīzà my vien, my viens
       
    28c chìchí unable to
         
      -o- { ó - high tone; Å� - mid tone; ò - low tone}
    29a chó rain
       
    29b t�īk�n it is sweet
       
    29c �īsxò� I�m hitting him/her/it with a whip
         
      -u- { ú - high tone; Å« - mid tone; ù - low tone}
    30a chúwà wait
       
    30b gūt�ìs someone�s elbow s
       
    30c sīwù my tooth, my teeth


    Tsuut'ina Diphtongues

    31
    - ay -  
      gayizi wolverine
         
    32
    - iy -  
      Ê�Ä«stÄ«y I am crying
         
    33 - ow -  
      nÄ«chòw it is big-hearted
         
    34 - oy -  
      dìsÄ«stÅ�y I flew
         
    35 - uy -  
      dikuy it is lukewarm
         
    36 - uw -  
      gÅ«zÅ«w fog