Arapaho – Conversation – “How are you feeling”

04 Apr

Arapaho – Conversation – “How are you feeling”

A basic part of many conversations are greetings and “how are you doing.” In this lesson, we’ll learn several useful words and phrases:

tóotousííni what’s happening?
heitóústoo what are you doing? (hiitóústoo = what’s he doing?)
heitootóustoo what are you up to these days? (hiitootóústoo = what’s he up to?)
koonííni’ííni are things OK?
hótou3óú’oubéíh how are you feeling? (hiitou3óú’oubéíh = how does he feel?)

Answers might include:

nííi’ííni things are OK
nii’óú’oubéíhinoo I’m feeling well (nii’óú’oubéíht = he’s feeling well)
heesówobéíhinoo I’m sick (heesówobéíht = he’s sick)
hoowúúni nothing (is happening)
héétwóteekóóhunoo I’m going to town (héétwóteekóóhut = he’s going to town)
neniisí3ei’inoo I’m working (neniisí3ei’it = he’s working)

Exercize: translate the following short Arapaho conversation:
(Céítoon- = visit someone; notónohéíhii = doctor; ‘iihéíhoo = oh gosh!; heetebínouhuu = poor thing!)

A. Tous! Koonííni’ííni?

B. Hííko. Hoowúni’ííni.

A. Tóotousííni?

B. Heesówobéíht neisónoo.

A. ‘iihéíhoo! Heetebínouhuu! Heitóústoo?

B. Héétwóteekóohúno’. Héétcéítoonóóno’ notónohéíhii.

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Posted by on April 4, 2013 in ARAPAHO LANGUAGE


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