How to Make New Words with Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Suffixes

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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  –  án̓us

  3  –  chánat

  4  –  xa7útsen

  5  –  tsíyichis

  6  –  t’ak’ach

  7  –  t’akw’usách

  8  –  tkach

  9  –  ts’es

10  –  úpen

 

We can talk about the time in Skwxwú7mesh by simply adding the suffix k to the end of each number:

 

nch’u7ḵ

án̓usḵ

chánatḵ

x̱a7útsenḵ

Another example is the suffix iwa which means tree:

 

 

nchíwa

án̓usiwa

chanatíwa

 

Want to learn more? Open this link for a full explanation of using numbers with suffixes, and increase your Skwxwú7mesh vocabulary by 26 words!

 

Having trouble with pronunciation where audio is missing? We are working on uploading all the audio for our posts asap! In the meantime, check out our post on How to Read the Squamish Language to help you sort out the sounds.

 

 

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