Piikishkweetaak Lesson 3 audio: listen to this first to learn the words and grammar!
Piikishkweetaak Lesson 3 practice audio: after you finish the lesson, listen to this to practice what you’ve learned.
awa – this (animate)
piikishkwee- – to speak
atoshkee- – to work
pimohtee- – to walk
peeitohtee- – to come
pimbahtaa- – to run
metawee- – to play (a game)
kitochikee- – to play (an instrument)
oota – here
aashtam – come here
kipaapaa – your father
baapaa – my father
kimaamaa – your mother
nimaamaa – my mother
moñ/toñ noñk – my/your uncle
ma/ta seur – my/your sister
aeñ/li viyaloñ – a/the violin
aañ Michif – in Michif
aañ Fransee – in French
aañ Nanglee – in English
aañ Sooteu – in Saulteaux
aañ Galisyeñ – in Ukrainian
aeñ/li picture show – a/the movie
We began by reviewing the previous lessons. Then we learned a new group of verb that ends in -ee- which change their ending when conjugated for I or you.
ni-metaw-aan: I play
ki-metaw-aan: you play
metaw-eew: s/he plays
metawee! play! (command)
Remember the different prefixes for verbs that start with vowels!
d-atoshk-aan: I work
kit-atoshk-aan: you work
atoshk-eew: s/he works
atoshkee! work! (command)
We also learned that in front of certain consonants, the prefix ni- disappears and makes the sound change slightly. The sound k becomes g, the sound p becomes b, and the sound t becomes d. Before these letters, the ki of the “you” prefix often disappears as well, but the sound stays the same. Look at these examples:
kitochikeew: s/he is playing an instrument
gitochikaan: I am playing an instrument
kitochikaan or kikitochikaan: you are playing an instrument
piikishkweew: s/he is speaking
biikishkwaan: I am speaking
piikishkwaan or kipiikishkwaan: you are speaking
B: Ah, marsii! Taandee kipaapaa ekwa kimaamaa?
A: Baapaa atoshkeew anosch maaka nimaamaa peeitohtew.
B: Li viyalon chiin kitochikaan?
A: Wii, ninagamon miina.
B: Ekwa awa chiin ton pchi beybii?
A: Wii, mon pchi beybii awa.
B: Taanshi ee-ishinikaashot?
A: Alex ishinihkaashow. Alex nipaaw ekwa metaweew ekwa apishiish pimohteew.
B: Aw, pimohteew chiin? Kipimbahtaan chiin, Alex?
A: Happy birthday!
B: Ah, thanks! Where are your mom and dad?
A: My dad is working today but my mom is coming.
B: Are you playing the violin?
A: Yes, and I’m singing too.
B: And is this your little baby?
A: Yes, this is my little baby.
B: What is his name?
A: His name is Alex. Alex sleeps and plays and walks a little.
B: Aw, he’s walking? Do you run, Alex?