Deg xiqi xinatr’iditlghusr Conversational Deg Xinag

Plan for 10/9/01 class

A{ixi antr’ixixidili’anh. We learn with each other.

Student goals for the semester: Make sure that you have emailed to Alice your  response to this question:  How will you know when you’ve reached your goals? It is important to me that I receive your response.  I plan to share everyone’s ideas via email but I don’t want to talk about this in class because I want to limit our use of English during our precious time with Elders.


Ade’. [Hello]

Ndadz dengit’a? [How are you?]

Ngidenax? [And you?]

Ndagh dhedo? [Where are you?] answer: “…dhisdo.”

Q’iydong ndagh ghingdo’? [Where were you yesterday?] “ …ghisdo.”

Venhdida’ ndagh tedo{? [Where will you be tomorrow?]   “…tasdo{” [I will be in…]

Ni’egh ndadz dixet’a?[How’s the weather?]

Q'iydong ndadz dixighet'a'? [What was the weather yesterday?]

Dran ndadz dangit’an’? [What did you do today?] 

Ndadz ditet’e{. [What are you going to do tomorrow?] Find out the future form of the verb that you want.  …q’otasineyh [I’ll be working at ....]


Information on page 68 in the Deg Xinag axa Nixodhi{ Ts’in’ Verb Lessons suggests that the –t- in ditidhiq’onh may be a ‘qualifier prefix’ indicating something is just starting to happen.  This is called “inceptive” mode.  Also the –dh- may be a ‘conjugaton prefix’ found in words that mean movement to a point.   Compare:

Git’on’ ditidhiq’onh.

Leaves starting to turn color. [burning]

Git’on’ deq’onh.

Leaves are turning color. [burning]

So{ ditidhi'on’.

It's getting (starting to get) dark.

Tso{ de’on’.

It’s dark.

PHRASES we used this class:

Dixudz inuxdatl.

It’s good you came.

Ggagg k’idz litthux.

The bird is yellow.



Siye xune/.

I’m happy.

Viye xune/, he?

Are you happy?

Izre xighela’.

It was cold.

Getiy quth xelanh.

It’s really cloudy.

Izre xelanh.

It’s cold.

Xidighe’on’ tr’al.

It was a little sunny.

Ghi{ yoth.

It snowed.


Not yet.

Q’odhisiyo.  [Q’o- = around, -dh- = perfective (action completed) –s- = I or me, -yo =  one person, perfective, go by foot]

I walked.

University xits’an tasdo{.

I’ll go back to the U.


My friend , my relation

‘Isda’ nididong ningiyo.

My cousin when did you come? Men to men

Ughuda nididong ningiyo’.

My cousin when did you come? Women to women

A{ixi antr’ixixidili’anh. We learn with each other.

Dixudz inuxdatl. Gil ixudz iy.

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