Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Yupik Word of the Week

It’s that time of the week again, folks - time to stretch your verbal skills with a new Yupik word.
So far we’ve learned to say Ii-i (yes) and quyana (thank you). I trust you’ve been practicing throughout this past week and are ready for some more!
Our word today is “tua-i” (pronounced “tdoy”) and meaning “enough” or “that’s it.” This is a word I hear my in-laws use commonly with our children!
Like “ii-i,” it’s easy to communicate the meaning because of the context in which it’s used. You can even use it in combination with another word you’ve already learned. Tua-i quyana or quyana tua-i are both proper ways to communicate the thought.
Quyana tua-i!

Word list:
ii-i (pronounced eee) – yes
quyana (pronounced Goo-yah-nah) – thank you
tua-i (pronounced tdoy) – enough or that’s it

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