Tribal Council Vocabulary

Nme bne gises 2008 / March 2008

Video Vocabulary




Dbaknege -- Hold Council/Have Council


gekpi -- finally


zheshmowen -- language ("mwen" can also be used)


nendan -- think about it, he/she does


Weg ni je (gin) nendemen ode jo pi? -- What are you thinking about right now?


Kenomagewen -- Teaching


Noeg Meshomsenanek Kenomagewenen -- Seven Grandfathers Teachings

Singular or Plural

Notice the ending when kenomagewen is made plural: kenomagewenen. In our language we cannot just add an "s" to make words plural.

When making words plural there is a simple rule.

Most of the time if a noun is animate you will add a 'k', 'ek', or 'yek' to the end of the noun to make it plural. If the noun is inanimate you will add an 'n', 'en' or 'yen' to make it plural.

animate nouns - add "k" "ek" or "yek"

nene
nenek (also: nenwuk)

nemosh
nemoshek

mayos
mayosek
man
men

dog
dogs

cat
cats

inanimate nouns - add "n" "en" or "yen"

dopwen
dopwenen

deschegen
deschegenen

mzenegen
mzenegenen
table
tables

desk
desks

paper
papers

For more detailed information about animacy and making words plural,
see Language Lesson: Animate and Inanimate Nouns



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