Squamish Language Resources

Vocabulary, phrases, and lessons in Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim.

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How to Read the Squamish Language
Food Terms
How to Make New Words with Skwxwú7mesh Suffixes

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Family Terms
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Sḵáḵel sníchim – Baby talk

    Family terms (you might use with a child)       Sḵáḵel – Infant     S7íxwalh – Toddler     Ḵámay – Preteen girl     Swíw̓lus – Preteen boy     Slhen̓yúllh – Teen girl     Swí7ḵa ulh – Teen boy     Stá7uxwlh – children   General term for […]

How to Make New Words with Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Suffixes

Use the Skwxú7mesh numbers to increase your vocabulary by 26 words!   A suffix is a letter or a group of letters added to the end of a word to make a new word. We will see how this works using the Skwxwú7mesh numbers, so let’s review them:     1  –  nch’u7   2  […]

Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Numbers

Learn to Count in Sḵwx̱wú7mesh!     1  –  nch’u7   2  –  án̓us   3  –  chánat   4  –  xa7útsen   5  –  tsíyichis   6  –  t’ak’ach   7  –  t’akw’usách   8  –  tkach   9  –  ts’es 10  –  úpen   Practice with a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Number Game!   This is a fun and interactive dice game that you can play […]

Sx̱el̓ – Colours in Sḵwx̱wú7mesh

Sx̱el̓ – Colours   kwemkwím – red   úlanch – orange   lelch – yellow   tl’estl’ís – green    skwáyel – blue   ests’áts’i – purple   p’eḵw’ p’íḵw’ – brown    p’eḵ’ – white   xwekw’xwíkw’ – grey   ḵ’ex̱ ḵ’íx̱ – black   Having trouble with pronunciation where audio is missing? We […]

S7ílhen Sníchim – Food Terms in Sḵwx̱wú7mesh

Do you want to go eat? – A stl’í7 ú kwis nam̓ í7lhen?   I want to go eat. – En stl’í7 kwins nam̓ í7lhen.   Are you thirsty? – Nú chexw tisḵwú7ḵwu?   Are you hungry? – Nú chexw kw’ákw’ay̓?   I am thirsty. – Chenkw tisḵwú7ḵwu.   I am hungry. – Chenkw kw’ákw’ay̓. […]

Greetings in Sḵwx̱wú7mesh

Hello, are you doing good? –  Nú, chexw men wa ha7lh? (Respectful greeting.)   Hello. –  Nú. (To close friends)   I have arrived. – I chen tl’iḵ. (Used as a greeting)   You have arrived.– I chexw tl’iḵ. (Used as a response)    Everyoneall of you. – Tanúyap.  (Very formal. Used when addressing a crowd/to start a […]

How To Read The Squamish Language

Sḵwx̱wú7mesh was historically an oral language without a formal writing system. Various writing systems have been developed over the years including a shorthand writing system used by Bishop Durieu in 1880s, a North American Phonetic Alphabet-based writing system used by Aert H. Kuipers, and most recently the typewriter based writing system developed by linguist Randy […]