Lesson #2: Dene Kǭ́ą̄ Gehtsīn People Camping

Leda Jules: Pelly Banks dialect

 


Roberta: Dechentah néndeʼ yénlīn-am?
In the bush-you live-you like-yes/no question?
Do you like camping?
Kathy: Ham, dechentah nésdeʼ yénéslīn.
Yes,-in the bush-I live-I like.
Yes, I really like camping.
Nenī hį̄́?
You-what about?
And you?
Roberta: Endū́é dūłą̄́ dechentah nésdeʼ yénéslīn.
No, not-in the bush-I live-I like.
No, I don’t like camping.
Kathy: Yē kā metsedenden-ā?
What-for-you dislike it-information question?
Why don’t you like it?
Roberta: Ts’īe łą̄́ tsedesdene īyéh nī́ʼ kā shestīnī kʼī tsedesdene.
Mosquitos-really-I dislike-and-ground-on-I sleep-I dislike.
I don’t like mosquitos and I don’t like to sleep on the ground.
Yē kā yénlīn-ā?
What-for-you like it-information question?
Why do you like it?
Kathy: Dechentah łą̄́né yénéslīne.
In the bush-really-I like.
I like being in the bush
Denetah nésdeʼ tsedesdene.
Among people-I live-I dislike.
I like to get out of town.
Łą̄́ zetl gūdīʼ dechentah.
Really-quiet-sounds-in the bush.
It’s quiet.
Roberta: Mekāshenetīnī yéh TV gā́nahtānī kʼáh meʼę̄ndī nedege sūgūdī́htʼē-am?.
The one you sleep on [bed]-and-TV-the one you watch-just-without -for you-itʼs bad-information question?
Don’t you miss your bed and the TV?

Kathy: Dūłą̄́ meʼę̄ndī ghąh dedeszets. Tūchōmené kǭ́ą̄ ebéh kḗgūdéhdésī nésdeʼ lā.
Not-without it-about-I think about-Frances Lake-camp-summer-that long-I live-assert.
I don’t miss them at all! I can stay at Frances Lake all summer!

What do you like to do? (like+verb)

Dzédze nenbéʼ yénlīn-am?
Berries-you pick-you want-yes/no question?
Do you like picking berries?
Łūge kah edenchʼą̄́sh yénlīn-ām?
Fish-for-you fish with hook-you want-information question?
Do you like fishing?
Tū kā génkeh yénlīn-ām?
Water-on-you boat around-you like-yes/no question?
Do you like boating?
Enhtʼḗs yénlīn-am?
You cook-you like-yes/no question?
Do you like cooking?
Do you like  (like+noun)
Etséngané’ yénlīn-am?
Do you like dry meat?

Ham, łą̄́néyéh etsénganéʼ yénéslīn. Nenī hį̄́?
Yes, really-meat dry-I like.
Yes, I really like dry meat. (I really like it) And you?
Endū́é, dūłą̄́ etsénganéʼ yénéslīn.
No, not meat dry-I like.
No, I don’t like dry meat. (I don’t like it)
Dahbǎʼ yénlīn-am?
Blueberries-you like-yes/no question?
Do you like blueberries?
Ham, dahbǎʼ yénéslīn.
Yes, blueberries-I like.
Yes, I like them.

Yē łą̄́ yénlīn-ā?
Which one do you like better-information question?
Yē łā́né yénlīn-ā, kedatsén yéh gūdzį̄htsén?
What-really-you like-information question-moose meat-and-caribou meat?
Which do you like better, moose meat or caribou meat?
Yē łą̄́ne yénlīn-ā, tahkádléʼ yéh dahbǎ’?
What-really-you like-information question,-raspberries-and-blueberries?
Which do you like better, blueberries or raspberries?
Yē łą̄́né yénlīn-ā, dedī yéh ehyedīʼ?
What-really-you like-information question,-this once-and-that one?
Which one do you like better? This one or that one?
Dedī yénéslīne, ehyedī endū́é.
This one-I like-that one-no.
I like this one, I don’t like that one.
Yē yénlīn-ā?
What-you want-information question?
Which one do you want?
Dedī yénéslīn.
This-I want.
I want this one.