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How to Read the Squamish Language
How to Make New Words with Skwxwú7mesh Suffixes
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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 […]
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 […]