Some simple conversations to learn

Weye ne gi wabdan ne i gbiskewagen?                  Has anyone seen my coat?

Weye ne gi wabma o ngwes?                                      Has anyone seen my son?

Ni je pi éwi bidgéyak?                                                    When are we going in?

Ni je pi éwi wisniyak?                                                     When do we eat?

Nedwendan ne anet gapi?                                           You want some coffee?

Nedwendan ne anet mkekwabo?                             You want some coffee?

Nedwendan ne i pwagasen?                                       You want a cigarette?

Nedwendan ne éwdeméyen?                                     You want to smoke?

Ni je épandewebneyen?                                                               What are you looking for?

Énedwendayan anet gapi.                                            I want some coffee

Énedwendayan anet wisnewen.                                I want some food

Mishen i ziwtagen                                                           Give me the salt

Gégo ziwtagnegékén i wisnewen                              Don’t salt the food

Zheton I kewewen                                                          Make a flag

Zheton I wizaw kewewen                                             Make a yellow flag

Zheton nyéwo kewewnen                                            Make four flags

Gdesa ne anet sémau?                                                  Do you have any tobacco?

Cho nensémau ndesasi                                                 I don’t have any tobacco

Éhe, nde sa nensémau                                                   Yes, I have tobacco

Kyénep byan shote!                                                        Quick come here!

Kyénep byak shote!                                                        Quick come here! (plural)

Ni je esh témget zagech?                                              What’s it like outside?

Wi gméyamget ne ngom?                                            Will it rain today?

Ni pi je i zakmogemek?                                                 Where is the bathroom (outhouse)?

Ni pi je i wisnewgemek?                                                Where is the kitchen?

Ndeton anet mingaswenen                                         I have some gifts

Ngi byédonen node mingaswenen                           I brought these gifts

Ébgednoyan ode sémau                                                I put down /offer this tobacco

Ébgednoyan ode nibiwen                                             I put down/offer this water

Nwi ngemo                                                                         I will sing

Nwi madmo                                                                       I will pray

Gwi madmomen                                                              We will pray

Ge Wisnemen                                                                   Let’s eat

Ge binakjegémen                                                            Let’s clean up

Ge bidgémen                                                                     Let’s go in

Ge wéwébdamen                                                            Let’s begin

Gwi bokpedon ne?                                                          You want a break?

Ode se ndekwéyom                                                        This is my wife

Ode se ndeniyem                                                            This is my husband

Nénmoshen i mbish                                                        Hand me the water

Nénmoshen i wiyas                                                         Hand me the meat

Nénmoshen i kemsagen                                                 Hand me that ax

Nénmoshen i jishtegen                                                 Hand me that broom

Nénmoshen I déwégen                                                 Hand me that drum

Gi byédon ne I déwégen?                                             Did you bring a drum?

Gi byédon ne anet gishki?                                             Did you bring some cedar?

Nebyégén ode                                                                  Write this

Gégo nebyégén                                                                Don’t write

Daga mishen gi penik                                                     Please give me the potatoes

Daga byédweshen anet mbish                                    Please bring me some water

Daga mina i kemsagen o Mkwabjegé                      Please give the ax to Mkwabjegé

Daga nénmo i mbop o Kwénago                                Please hand the soup to Kwénago

Daga mina i kewéwen o Wawashkeshikwé           Please hand that flag to Wawashkeshikwé

Daga mina i gishkbojgen o Mzekwagé                     Please hand that saw to Mzekwagé

Ni je éndebendat ode?                                                  Who does this belong to?

Ni je éndebendat ode mkesen?                                 Who does this shoe belong to?

Ni je éndebendat ode wiwkwan?                              Who does this cap belong to?

I yé I ne?                                                                              Is that it?

Éhe, I yé I                                                                             Yes, that’s it

I yé o ne?                                                                             Is that him/her?

Éhe, I yé o                                                                           Yes, that’s h/h

Jibteben shote                                                                  Sit here

Jibtebek ibe                                                                        Sit there (plural)

Jayék ginwa ne nodwak?                                              Can you all hear?

Jayék ginwa ne nodweshen?                                       Can you all hear me?

Éhé nnodan                                                                        Yes, I can hear

Cho wi she nnodansi                                                       I can’t hear

Éhé nnodwen                                                                    Yes, I hear you

Cho wi she nnodwesi                                                     I can’t hear you

Gi nodagé ne?                                                                   Did you hear (news)

Gi wabdan ne ode?                                                         Did you see this?

Gi wabma ne o?                                                               Did you see h/h?

Ngi wabdan i                                                                      I saw it

Cho ngi wabdasin i                                                           I didn’t see it

Ngi nodagé                                                                         I heard

Cho ngi nodagési                                                              I didn’t hear

Ngi zhechké I                                                                      I did that

Cho ngi zhechkési I                                                          I didn’t do that

Ni je éschegéyen?                                                           What are you doing?

Ni je wa zhechkéyak wabek?                                      What will we do tomorrow?

Ni je ga zhechkéyak wnago?                                       What did we do yesterday?

Gkendan ne i?                                                                   Do you know that?

Éhe ngekendan I                                                              Yes, I know that

Gkenma ne o?                                                                   Do you know h/h?

Éhe ngekenma o                                                              Yes, I know h/h

Author: neaseno

I was born on Powers Bluff in Wood County, Wisconsin, into a traditional community of Neshnabek. I was raised speaking only native languages, and learned to speak English upon entering school at the age of 6. As of this writing, I am one of 5 remaining Heritage Fluent Speakers of Potawatomi.

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