Lesson #7: What Did You Do This Summer?

Leda Jules: Pelly Banks dialect

 

Perfective (past tense) verbs, yes-no questions

Linda: Dédū ebéh yā dénh’en-ā?
This-summer-what-you did?
What did you do this summer?
Susan: Dzédze nēsbé’.
Berries-I picked.
I picked berries.
Dzédze nīnbé’-am?
Berries-you picked-question?
Did you pick berries?
Linda: Tahkádlé néstsį̄dlī nēsbé’.
Raspberries-small amount-I picked.
I picked a few raspberries.
Susan: Nenī hį̄́?
You-what about?
What about you?
Yā dénh’enā?
What-you did?
What did you do?
Linda: Tūchō Mené’ ts’į̄́’ dā́syā’.
Frances Lake-to-I went.
I went to Frances Lake.
Dédū ebéh yā dénh’enā?
This-summer-what-you did?
What did you do this summer? [to another student]
Kalem: Bike yéh géstl’eh.
bike-with-I rode around
I rode around on my bike.
Nenī hį̄́?
You-what about?
What about you?
Jimmy: Tsēzūl Mené’ łūge kah edesch’ą̄́sh.
Simpson Lake-fish-for-I fished.
I went fishing at Simpson Lake.
Nenī hį̄́?
You-what about?
What about you?
Echo: Kathy’s Kitchen kū́hyegá kī́slā’.
Kathy’s Kitchen-there-I worked.
Nenī hį̄́?
You-what about?
What about you?
Pat: Dūłą̄́ yēdī désle.
Not-anything-I did.
I didn’t do anything.
Késtsā́ts yéh.
Lazy and.
I was lazy.
Tēdį̄dzī sā ts’į̄́’ shestīn, wḗdé.
Middle sun-to-I slept-all the time.
I slept in all the time.

Dzédze nêsbé’. I picked berries.
Dzédze nînbé’ You picked berries.
Dzédze nînbé’-am? Did you pick berries?
Tūchō Mené’ ts’į̄́’ gésdah. I went to Frances Lake.
Tūchō Mené’ ts’į̄́’ géndah. You went to Frances Lake.
Tūchō Mené’ ts’į̄́’ géndah-am? Did you go to Frances Lake?
Bike yéh géstl’eh. I biked around.
Bike yéh géntl’eh. You biked around.
Bike yéh géntl’eh-am? Did you bike around?
Łūge kah edesch’ą̄́sh. I went fishing.
Łūge kah edench’ą̄́sh. You went fishing.
Łūge kah edīnch’ą̄́z-am? Did you go fishing?
Kī́słā’. I worked.
Kī́nłā’. You worked.
Kī́nłā’-am? Did you work?
Késtsā́ts. I’m lazy.
Kéntsā́ts You are lazy
Kéntsā́dz-am? Are you lazy?
Shēstę́’. I slept.
Shīntę́’ You slept.
Shīntę́’-am? Did you sleep?

Nīnbé’ You picked (berries).
Dzédze nīnbé-am? Did you pick berries?
Īndān. You drank.
Īndān-am? Did you drink?
Īntsḗt You ate.
Īntsḗd-am Did you eat?
Senht’é’ You cooked.
Senht’é’-am Did you cook?
Ts’á’ senh’óts lî. You washed the dishes.
Ts’á’ senh’ódz-am? Did you wash the dishes?