Ahtna Language Lessons

Featuring

Elder Lena Charley

and her granddaughter Jessica Denny

Featuring

Elder Lena Charley

and her granddaughter Jessica Denny

Elder Lena Charley and her granddaughter Jessica Denny demonstrate how to say different phrases in Ahtna.

Basic Phrases

Gaann du’…

This is…

…zełaa

I have…

… ts’e’ ghesyaał

I’m walking to…

…nghał’aen

I see…

Animals

Basic Phrases

Dzaen kulaen

Good day

Nts’e dit’ae?

How are you doing?

Taghastnak

I’m tired

Luk’ae sdestkaan

I want fish

Taas sdestlaan

I want soup

Ts’ełk’ey, nadaeggi, taaggi

One, two, three

Go to…

Gaann du’…

This is…

…zełaa

I have…

… ts’e’ ghesyaał

I’m walking to…

…nghał’aen

I see…

Animals

Gaann du’…

This is…

Gaann du’ snaan

This is my mother

Gaann du’ sta’

This is my father

Gaann du’ sc’engaay

This is my baby

This is my head

Gaann du’ stse’

Gaann du’ sigha’

This is my hair

Gaann du’ sggann’

This is my arm

Gaann du’ ske’

This is my foot

Gaann du’ skaa

This is a spoon

Gaann du’ ts’aac

This is a plate

 

Gaann du’ tutiił

This is a cup

Go to…

Basic Phrases

…zełaa

I have…

… ts’e’ ghesyaał

I’m walking to…

…nghał’aen

I see…

Animals

…zełaa

I have…

Tel zełaa

I have socks

Kentsiis zełaa

I have slippers

 

Gets’ zełaa

I have mittens

Go to…

Basic Phrases

Gaann du’…

This is…

… ts’e’ ghesyaał

I’m walking to…

…nghał’aen

I see…

Animals

…ts’e’ ghesyaał

I’m walking to…

C’utkaet ts’e’ ghesyaał

I’m walking to the store

Dohdeldiix ts’e’ ghesyaał

I’m walking to school

Men ts’e’ ghesyaał

I’m walking to the lake

Go to…

Basic Phrases

Gaann du’…

This is…

…zełaa

I have…

…nghał’aen

I see…

Animals

…nghał’aen

I see…

Tsa’ nghał’aen

I see a beaver

 

Udzih nghał’aen

I see a caribou

 

Deniigi nghał’aen

I see a moose

Debae unaa nghał’aen

I see a ewe

Debae ggaay nghał’aen

I see a lamb

Xoxaey nghał’aen

I see a marmot

Xoxaey ts’es k’et dazdaa nghał’aen

I see a marmot sitting on a rock

Go to…

Basic Phrases

Gaann du’…

This is…

…zełaa

I have…

… ts’e’ ghesyaał

I’m walking to…

Animals

Animals

Tsa’

Nuuni

Sebae

Debae

Taggos

Udzin

Tsa’

Beaver

Tsa’ tuu yii kuł’aan

The beaver lives in the water

Tsa’ ughu’ ce’e

The beaver has big teeth

Tsa’ ughu’ deyaen

The beaver has sharp teeth

Tsa’ t’aghes yaan

The beaver eats cottonwood

Tsa’ k’ey’ yaan

The beaver eats willow

Tsa’ k’es yaan

The beaver eats alder

Nuuni

Porcupine

Nuuni ts’aka ta zda

The porcupine stays in the woods

Nuuni ts’ebael yaan

The porcupine eats spruce

Nuuni k’ey’ yaan

The porcupine eats willow

Nuuni uc’oxe’ c’liaen

The porcupine has quills

Nuuni uc’oxe’ dełyaen

The porcupine has sharp quills

Sebae

Mountain goat

Sebae ugha’ diłnaes

The mountain goat has long hair

 Sebae ude’ggaay c’ilaen

The mountain goat has small horns

Debae

Sheep

Debae tl’ogh deyaan

The sheep eats grass

Debae dzeł ta delts’ii

The sheep lives in the mountains

Debae dzeł t’aann’ deyaan

The sheep eats mountain plants

Debae dzeł k’et natedaas

The sheep is walking around on the mountain

Debae ude’ nesdes

The sheep’s horn is twisted

Debae ugha’ lggey

The sheep’s hair is white

Taggos

Swan

Ts’ełk’ey taggos men yii natebaes

One swan swimming on the lake

Taggos uk’os ts’aeggi c’ilaen

The swan has a thin neck

Udzih

Caribou

Udzih ude’ ce’e c’ilaen

The caribou has big horns

Udzih nin’ deyaan

The caribou eats moss

Udzih tl’ogh deyaan

The caribou eats grass

Udzih dzeł k’et natel’as

The caribou are walking around on the mountain

Udzih tes k’et natel’as

The caribou are walking around on a hill

 

Basic Phrases

Gaann du’…

This is…

…zełaa

I have…

… ts’e’ ghesyaał

I’m walking to…

…nghał’aen

I see…

Animals