Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Yupik word of the week

Yupik word of the week is a feature I’m very excited about! Our family has decided to learn more Yupik this year. So we are adopting a new word or phrase weekly that we will be working into our daily language.
In this regular addition, I will share the word or phrase we are working on with all of you. My mother-in-law, Molly, will be our guide through this journey.
Today we start things off easily.
The word of the day is: Ii-i
Which means: Yes
And is pronounced: Ee
Like the “e” sound in: Me
It is said with a short, guttural feel.
Try using ii-i this week instead of saying yes.
You will be amused to find that even those who have no idea what you are saying will understand! Have fun!

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