Dancing about


In this lesson, we'll learn four more motion verbs and four more preverbs: naji-, espi-, natawi-, and aji.

Naji-, adds the meaning: go somewhere to do something.

Espi- is about height.

Natawi- means: know something about, capable, good at something.

Aji’- is a comparative preverb meaning: much or more.

In this lesson you will see a second preverb added to the beginning of verbs: a verb can take more than one preverb.

For instance, you'll see aji- used with es- in this lesson, but it can also work as a single preverb on gelu’lg, 'it is good' to make ajiglu’lg, 'it is better' (Note that the spelling of gelu’lg changes to –glu’lg- when combined with the preverb.)

Vocabulary Section 1

Ni'n ala’lugwei.

I dance about.


Gi'l wenaqien.

You jump.


‘Nsis eliet amagewaqan; najiamalgat.

My older brother is going to the dance; he’s going there to dance.


Gil elg wenaqja’n.

You also hop.


Ninen espiwnaqaieieg.

He and I jump high.


Gilew natawiala’lugweioq.

You two dance about well.


Ginu najiamalgaigw.

You and I are going there to dance.


Negmow ajiespiunaqja’tijig.

They (two) are hopping even higher.


Negmow ajiespiunaqja’jig.

They (two) are hopping even higher.


Ninen natawiamalgaltieg.

We (exclusive plural) dance well. / We are good dancers.


Ginu najiunaqjolti’gw.

We (inclusive plural) go there to hop.


Gilew ajinatawiala’lugutioq.

You (plural) dance about even better.


Negmow espiwnaqia’tijig.

They (plural) jump high.