Some simple conversations

Ni je ga zhechkéyen dbekok?

          Tadiwgemek égi zhyayan

Oh? Gi pkenagé ne?

          Cho, ngi ngeto ndo biskewagen.

Ni pi je gdo dabyan?

          Bokshkan.  Abdek mbémsé ngom.

Oh? Nedwéndan ne émbosyen?

          Wéte she géte, égikijzedéyan!

Ni je wa shemgoyak pkonyak?

          Wiyasen mine penyék égisyan

Cho wiyas nwisnesi. 

          Ho wa, mamkaj wa je bektéyen. 

Ni je éwzhetoyen?

          Ode mjegodé nde wzheton éwi nim’ediyan

Ni je pi wa nim’ediyen?

          Nemetsena, iw pi émawjeshnowat éjingtemowat ngoji.

Ahau, byédweshen bimskwé’egen

          Ode ne?

Cho, bgejgasen yawen.  Byédweshen i bimskwé’gen, ibe taswenek

          Oh, ode bimskwé’egen.  Ahau, i yé ode.

Ni pi je wa majiyen?

          Dawéwgemek nwi zhya égishpnedoyan gokmedasnen

Oh, ni je énadek ni gokmedasnen éwi gishpnedoyen?

          Mkedéwak gnebej, anaké zawak.  Wégwéndek wa je mkanayan.

Odanek ne gwi zhya?

          Gnebej, gishpen ébon gméyamget.  Gwi wijéwshen ne?

Ehe, abdek zhonyawgemek nwi zhya.

Gi bonimget ne ibe édayen?

          Éhe, gi kche boni wnago

Gbégishek ne?

          Hé gbégishek mine gbédbek shote

Nin:  Byénkwéshkew nidgeko Sarah

Bob:            Aha bozho Sarah, Bob ndeshnekas

Sarah:                  Bozho Bob, édayen ne ngoji shote?

Bob:  Cho, shkwengenek nde da.

Nin:            Sarah, Mshkekiwnene yawe Bob

Sarah:                  Oh wenet shna. 

Njon: Gkénma ne o ngwes, Njoe?

Bob:            Cho, ngkénmasi Njoe.

Njon:  Njoe, byan shote, byénkwéshkew nnikan Bob.

                    Bob, ode se ngwes, Njoe.

Bob:           Ahau, Bozho Njoe, gkendan ne éje yawyan?

Njoe:                    Cho ngekendasi éje yawyen…nzheshé gnebej?

Bob:           Cho gzheshé ndawsi.  Gnitawes ndaw

Njoe:                    Oh, wenet shna.

Bama pi mine, nin ashtek éje chikaswat ibe.

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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