Tsimshian Language


Tsimshian Language

Unit 1: My Body Parts

ˈdmggowshu       (my head)     Ts-Unit1-1

anˈonu                 (my hand)   Ts-Unit1-2

ˈdsacku                (my nose)   Ts-Unit1-3

ˈdsmooyu            (my ear)   Ts-Unit1-4

wileelu                  (my eye)   Ts-Unit1-5


Unit’s Sentence


Sheepga ________.    (My _______hurts.)


Unit 2: My Family

1. noayu          (my mother)  Ts-Unit2-1

2. nagwaadu   (my father)  Ts-Unit2-2

3. wagyu  (my brother)  Ts-Unit2-3

4.  hlgaawgu    (my sister)  Ts-Unit2-4

5.  nˈdseˈetsu   (my grandmother)  Ts-Unit2-5


Unitˈs Sentence

________ gwaˈa.    (This is my ______.


Unit 3: Types of Foods

1.  shmaay (fruit)  Ts-Unit3-1

2.  hoan  (fish)   Ts-Unit3-2

3.  meeyoob  (rice)   Ts-Unit3-3

4.  anaay   (bread)   Ts-Unit3-4

5.  shgoosheed (potato)   Ts-Unit3-5

Unit’s Sentence

Hashacku ndm guba _______.        (I want to eat _______.)


Unit 4: Parts of my home



1.  waab gook      (kitchen)   Ts-Unit4-1

2.  haahlggan       (wall)   Ts-Unit4-2

3.  waab wan        (living room)   Ts-Unit4-3

4.  ˈtsushgm ˈtsawaab  (bathroom)   Ts-Unit4-4

5.  waab noak     (bedroom)   Ts-Unit4-5


Unit’s Sentence

Ndayu _______?       (Where is the _______?)


Unit 5: Types of Animals


1.  hash        (dog)   Ts-Unit5-1

2.  doosh       (cat)   Ts-Unit5-2

3.  wun           (deer)    Ts-Unit5-3

4.   ˈol              (bear)    Ts-Unit5-4

5.   uula         (seal)   Ts-Unit5-5

Unit’s Sentence


Needsu ____.      (I see the______.)


Unit 6: Types of Birds


1.  ggack                  (raven)  Ts-Unit6-1

2.  ckshgeeg           (eagle)  Ts-Unit6-2

3.  ˈtsuˈuts              (bird)  Ts-Unit6-3

4.  ahl dee gaawsh      (hummingbird)  Ts-Unit6-4

5.  ggagoom            (seagull)  Ts-Unit6-5


Unit’s Sentence

Needsu  ____________.  (I see a  __________.  )


Unit 7: Weather Forms


1.  waash    (rain)  Ts-Unit7-1

2.  yaa maadm   (falling snow)  Ts-Unit7-2

3.  baashg      (windy)  Ts-Unit7-3

4.  yain        (cloudy)  Ts-Unit7-4

5.  Hla giamga    (sunny)  Ts-Unit7-5


Unit’s Sentence

 _________ wila waal lacka.    (The weather is  _________.)                        



Unit 8: Types of Clothing


1.  hoaya     (clothing)  Ts-Unit8-1

2.  ˈdsoacksh    (shoes)  Ts-Unit8-2

3.  kluushk       (shirt)  Ts-Unit8-3

4.  goodaˈats       (coat)  Ts-Unit8-4

5.  ˈpacksh         (pants)  Ts-Unit8-5

Unit’s Sentence


Dm hoyn na __________.   ( Put on your  ______. )




Unit 9: Recreation




1.  haadikshu           ( I swim)  Ts-Unit9-1

2.  meelganu             (dance)  Ts-Unit9-2

3.  leemee                   (sing)  Ts-Unit9-3

4.  oomhoan              (troll)  Ts-Unit9-4

5.  hlaatm goack       (basketball)  Ts-Unit9-5



Unit’s Sentence

Yagwa ______ . (I am ______.)



Unit 10: Buildings


1.  waab sheepk   (hospital)

2.  waab liˈshayl    (cinema/theater)

3.  waab shguul     (school) 

4.  ggaldm waˈat        (store)

5.  waab dsuds         (church)


Unit’s Sentence


Dm goayu da awaa ________. (I am going to the_______.)

Unit’s Sentence

Yagwa ______ . (I am ______.)



Unit 10: Buildings

1.  waab sheepk   (hospital)  Ts-Unit10-1

2.  waab liˈshayl    (cinema/theater)  Ts-Unit10-2

3.  waab shguul     (school)  Ts-Unit10-3

4.  ggaldm waˈat        (store)  Ts-Unit10-4

5.  waab dsuds         (church)  Ts-Unit10-5


Unit’s Sentence


Dm goayu da awaa ________. (I am going to the_______.)

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