TSIMSHIAN LANGUAGE CONVERSATION (Shmˈalgyack)

 

VALENTINES 

First Speaker: Did you ever have a sweetheart?

Second Speaker: I had a sweetheart when I was young.

First Speaker: Was she Tsimshian

Second Speaker:  No, she was Haida.

First Speaker:  Did you give her a kiss?

Second Speaker:  No, she kissed me first, on the forehead. 

First Speaker:  Were you surprised?

Second Speaker:  I kissed her back, Fred Astaire style!

 

First SpeakerAhl na neeˈdaa nasheeˈbnshgn?

Second Speaker:   Haˈdsihl dee hlguwoamhlgu, na neeˈdaa nasheeˈbnshgu. 

First Speaker: Ahl dee ˈTsimshian?

Second SpeakerAyin kshm Haida.

First SpeakerGeenamn hoomˈtsack?

Second Speaker: Ayin, neeˈdaa nakˈshagm hoomˈtsaga woapckgu. 

First Speaker: Shm shaggaˈbackshganu la gyoatk?

Second Speaker: Gidigaadu hoomˈtsago lagyoash Fred Estaire!

 

 

BASKETBALL 

First Speaker:  What are you going to do? 

Second Speaker: I’m going to watch a basketball game at K-High. 

First Speaker: Who are they playing? 

Second Speaker: Metlakatla Chiefs. 

First Speaker:  What time does the game start?

Second Speaker: Basketball game starts at 7:30.

First Speaker:  I will meet you at the K-High gym.

Second Speaker:  Good, I will meet you there.

 

First SpeakerGoadu lagyoan?

Second Speaker: Dm lashietenu ˈdsilaaym hlaˈat da K-High. 

First Speaker: ˈNaahlm shaalawaalˈd?

Second Speaker: ˈTaagwaanm Highshgoolm Shmˈoygit.

First Speaker:    Goahl dm wiewaads dm will shaˈdaaˈama ˈtsilaaym hlaˈat?

Second Speaker:    7:30 wil shaˈdaaˈama ˈtsilaaym hlaˈat. 

First SpeakerDm tckalwaan awaa da K-High gym.

Second SpeakerAam, dm al tckalwaan.

 

 

HERRING 

First Speaker:  What are you looking at?

Second Speaker:  I’m looking for the herring.

First Speaker:  Why are you looking for herring?

Second Speaker:  Herring eggs would taste good.

First Speaker:  I haven’t seen herring in a long time.

Second Speaker:  Tongass Narrows used to be flooded with herring long ago.

First Speaker:  My niece will send herring eggs from Sitka. 

Second Speaker:  Bring them here and we’ll cook them. 

 

First Speaker: Goadu gwihl needsn?

Second SpeakerYagwihl nee sheˈehl shga.

First Speaker:  Goahlgn sheˈehl nee shga?

Second SpeakerHashagu guba ˈtsamaatendu ckshˈwaanck.

First SpeakerHla naak, ahlga dee needs shga.       

Second Speaker: Shugiˈgoahl ˈweehailds shga na ˈtsm ˈdnˈggaash. 

First Speaker: Dm hiedsa hlgwishleeshm ckshˈwaanck wil waatk Sidakah.

Second SpeakerManda goyiksha ckshˈwaanck dawhl dm ˈgook da gwa. 

 

SPRING 

First Speaker:  It’s spring now, let’s go for a ride.

Second Speaker:  Let’s look for salmonberry sprouts. 

First Speaker:  Let’s go to Ward Lake. 

Second Speaker:  I wonder what else we will see. 

First Speaker:  I see skunk cabbage in the spring.

Second Speaker:  I see salmon berry flowers there! 

First Speaker:  Jump out of the car and pick me some! 

Second Speaker:  They taste good dipped in sugar. 

 

First SpeakerShu gyamg gyaˈwn, gwihl shashaantgm otbaˈbeel.

Second Speaker: Dm sheˈehl needsm dsihlagn oyhlm maˈkoacksh.  

First SpeakerLaandsa dip goah lackˈdaa Ward Lake.       

Second SpeakerDm needsn wil likˈshgyada oyhla shggan maay?

First Speaker: Needsa guulda mahlda goaym hla goyiksha woanoack.

Second Speaker: Needsu hla madsiggalay da maˈkoacksh gwee!

First Speaker: Sha ggoadn guul aboodm oyhl dee aˈkoy!

Second Speaker: ˈTsamaaten oyhl da wil lutgiˈgen ˈtsm shoogah. 

 

 

GRADUATION 

First Speaker:  Come on Madeeg, let’s go! 

Second Speaker:  Where are we going? 

First Speaker:  To the Ted Ferry Civic Center. 

Second Speaker:  What for? 

First Speaker:  I am graduating today. 

Second Speaker: Congratulations! 

First Speaker:  Why do you want me to come? 

Second Speaker:  Because you are my Shmˈalgyack teacher.

 

First SpeakerGgal Madeeg!

Second SpeakerNdedu dm habm?

First SpeakerDm habm Ted Ferry waab dsab.

Second SpeakerAwil goa?

First SpeakerDm ggalksha ackˈackhlganu. 

Second Speaker: Goadu na shm daˈackhlgn da wil shgoon.

First SpeakerGoadugn hashagn dm dee goyikshu?

Second Speaker: Awilˈt ˈnuun int ngwineeˈetsn dm Shmˈalgyagu.

 

 

MEMORIAL DAY

First Speaker:  Good morning.  .

Second Speaker:  Let me shake your hand. 

First Speaker:  Today is Memorial Day. 

Second Speaker:  Yes, what can I do? 

First Speaker:  Be sure to thank the veterans. 

Second Speaker: I thank you. 

First Speaker:  You can also say, ˈKam goahl waan. 

Second Speaker:  I’ll never forget about it. 

 

First SpeakerAma gganhlaag.

Second SpeakerˈGilum anˈonˈn.

First SpeakerHla Haˈliˈhloadm Sha gyaˈwn.

Second SpeakerOa, goadu na dsabu?         

First SpeakerNˈdoyagˈt ˈnuun da na gitwaalgm gyet. 

Second Speaker: ˈDoyackshn.

First SpeakerMahldn na haawn ˈkam goahl waan.             

Second SpeakerAhlga dee shaˈkoaˈoldu na Haˈliˈhload Sha. 

 

 

KING SALMON DERBY

 

First Speaker:  Is your boat ready?

Second Speaker:  It is ready.   

First Speaker:  Did you buy your Salmon Derby ticket?

Second Speaker:  Yes, I bought it.  

First Speaker:  Where do you want to fish?

Second Speaker: Mountain Point.  

First Speaker:  Did you ever win? 

Second Speaker:  No, I caught a thirty pounder. 

 

First SpeakerGoahln gyaˈwn na skipin?

Second SpeakerHla gwooldm gawdeeˈt.      

First SpeakerAhlm hla geegn na Salmon Derby ticket?

Second SpeakerOa, hla geegu.  

First SpeakerNdehl dm hashagn dm oomhoan?

Second SpeakerShgaˈneeshm Point.

First SpeakerAhln ckshdaa da oomhoan?

Second SpeakerAyin, dap ˈmagu thirty pownda. 

 

 

 

PICNIC

 

First speaker: What are you going to do tomorrow? 

Second speaker: Our family is going to have a picnic. 

First speaker: Which beach?  

Second speaker: We are going to Settlers Cove beach. 

First speaker: Who is going with you?

Second speaker: My sister, brother, daughter, and nephew.

First speaker: Oh boy that sounds like fun. 

Second speaker: We are heading out at noon, come with us. 

First speaker: Ok, I’ll see you there!  

 

First speaker: Goyu dee dsabn dsigiˈdseeb.

Second speaker: Yaawckga gyalckga ˈnagyatgu da hahlgeeka.

First speaker: Godu geedsa hahlgeeka?

Second speaker: Sha gyoakshanm hahlgeeka na waash Settlers Cove.

First speakerNaadu na shdoolin da gwan? 

Second speaker: Na hlgaawgu, na waygu, hlguhlgm hanaˈacku ada hlgwishleeshm ˈyoota.  

First speaker: Wie wa, ˈnacknoo shishnankshga lugwantgish gwee!

Second speaker: Ggal, shagoym da shuulga sha.

First speaker: Wie wa!  Na needsn gwee!

 

 

BERRY PICKING

 

First speaker: Where are you going?

Second speaker: I am going berry picking.

First speaker: What kind of berries are you going to pick?

Second speaker: Huckleberries near the beach.

First speaker: What do you do with your berries?

Second speaker: I am going to make jam.

First speaker: Huckleberry jam is my favorite!

Second speaker: I will give you some when I am done.

First speaker: That is good, I will bring you venison.

 

First speaker: Ndedu goyn?

Second speaker: Dm goyu guuldm shmaay.

First speaker: Godu geedsa shmaay?

Second speaker: Wihlaaycksh awaa hahlgeeka.

First speaker: Godu dsabn na shmaayn?  

Second speaker: Dm dsabu dsam.

First speakerˈTsamaatenu wihlaayckshm dsam, eh!

Second speaker: Geenamn da hla gawdeeym.

First speaker: Oa, wie aam, na geenamn shameeym wan.

 

 

SMOKING FISH

 

First Speaker:           What have you been doing? 

Second speaker:      I’ve been smoking fish. 

First speaker:         What kind of fish are you smoking? 

Second speaker:     King and coho. 

First speaker:         What kind of wood do you use? 

Second speaker:   I use alder.   Na hoyu shgan loowee.

First speaker:         What are you going to do with it? 

Second speaker:     I am going to store it for winter. 

First speaker:          That is good.  

 

First Speaker:           Goayu dee dsabn?

Second speaker:      Na shiˈbiyaanshu hoan.

First speaker:           Goadu geedsa shiˈbiyaanshn hoan?

Second speaker:      Yea ada uuck.   

First speaker:           Goadu geedsa laksh?

Second speaker:      Na hoyu shgan loowee.

First speaker:           Goayu na hoysh na shiˈbiyaanshn hoan?

Second speaker:      Dm luˈdoa na goamshm.

First speaker:           Wie aam!