Toddler song — Woow Nonooke’

Whoohoo!  We found two or three Arapaho versions of Are You Sleeping Brother John (Frere Jacques).  In case you forget the rhythm, here’s the English:

Are you sleeping, are you sleeping, Brother John?  Brother John?

Morning bells are ringing, morning bells are ringing,

Ding dang dong.  Ding dang dong.

Version #1 by Wayne C’Hair of the Arapahoe Immersion School

Here are the translations (Thanks to Nookhoosei Niibei)  Woow Nonooke’ : Its morning now. Tousebii: take a bath/shower/wash up Ciitehee3ei: Put your clothes on Wonhowoohiine’tii: Go have a good life Heetihnee’eesoo’: May your life be that way

Woow nonooke’ woow nonooke’, Touseebii, touseebii

Woow nonooke’, woow nonooke’

Ciitehee3ei, ciitehee3ei

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Woow nonooke’, woow nonooke’, Wonhowoohiine’tii, wonhowoohiine’tii

Woow nonooke’, woow nonooke’

Heetihnee’eesoo’, heetihnee’eesoo’

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Version #2: Billie Sutton and Eugene Ridgebear Jr. (Madeleine Spoonhunter) — there’s a great video for this one that I’ll add as soon as it’s available on YouTube

Translations: Kooheinokohu: are you sleeping Netesei: my little brother/sister Woow niini’ooke’: it is a good morning now 3owo3ii: get up!

Kooheinokohu, kooheinokohu, netesei?  netesei?

Woow niini’ooke’, woow niini’ooke’

3owo3ii, 3owo3ii

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55 More Random Parenting Phrases

How was your day? hih tousoo hetiisiini’
Okay / pretty good nih nii’iisiini’
It was really good nih’ee3neeni’iisiini’
It wasn’t good hoowniini’iini’
I’m not happy neihoowni’i3ecoo
Today is a joyful day nuhu’uusi’ honoowusiini’
May today be joyful heetihhoowusiini’
Put the doll with the other dolls nehe’ bei’eisoo won wohenciinenin hoo3o’oo
Put your blanket with the other blankets nuhu hotou won wohenciinenoo hoo3o’oo
Your doll hebei’eisoo
Her doll hiibei’eisoon
Their doll hiibei’eisooninoo
I am cutting corn off the cob hiise’noutiinoo beskooteeno
Don’t touch the knife ciibeh cou’tii wooxe
Cutting corn niikoe’sowoo beskooteeno
It’s sharp tooxu’oo’
I am slicing up pork see’esooneenoo nih’oo3ouwoxuseino
We are going to the doctor heet won noohoobeet notoniheihii
Happy Halloween hoonoobee’ biibeetiisi’
Trick or treat kuuteniihi’ woei3 niisicnoot
Now you ask me woow cih notoonii
May I have some eggs cihbiinii noono
You can do it nii’enoow
Can you do it? kooheet nii’een?
Thank you for helping me hohou tohniiteheibin
Blue-eyed Arapaho girl ceeneetokuu hinono’eisei
Little blue-eyed girl hiseihihi’ ceeneeteenokut
She has pretty eyes beebeenokut
Laughing one (baby) hooxo’otooheihit
Cute tiny baby noonii
Try again ce’neeyei3iitoo
Almost tooniihi’
Exactly (right, it fits) teneeciise’
Precisely nii’ee3ei’
Keys koonootoo’hoeno
Where are my keys? tootouno’ nokonoo’to’hoeno
Where are they (anim)? teeteeno’
Let me go! ciinenii
May we walk smiling heetih’oxou’eiseen
Pretzels / crackers 3ouxosii’ii
Cedar yourself coo’oowoo
It smells like poop beeniibou’oo’
It’s just pee, not poop bebeet seeneikohut, hoow biihii
Darn / crud woosoo’ !!
Yellow Cloud Niihoonoe’tii
Can I hold you? kooneeni’toune3?
There it is / they are (anim) neene’eehk / neenee’eeno’
There it is / they are (inanim) neeyou’ / neeyouno’
Are we there yet? koohoono’ heentoon?
Are we almost there? koohoono’ ciiheentoon?
Not yet hoono’
Little sister netesei
Put it / her (a doll) away yoo3iihi’ ciinenoo / ciinenin
The roads are dangerous neestoonou’uu boono
Be careful, there’s danger honoohootowoo, neestonoono’

Tons of Disorganized but Useful Parenting Phrases

Most phrases we need for parenting are not in the dictionary.  But search this page and you might find what you need!

Fortunately, a fluent Arapaho teacher has been texting me translations about 4 times a day.  I haven’t had time to organize them or even type them all up, but he is giving me tons of great ones, so I want to share them even though they’re just in the order I asked for them.  I will improve on this, but for the moment, here:

Just one more                                                                                   noo’xo’ bebeet neeniseti’

That’s enough, we’re done now                                                               woow benee3toono’

Good afternoon                                                                                               nii’kokusiini’

Help me                                                                                               cihniiteheibii

I’ll help you                                                                                         heetniiteheibe3en

Did you sleep well?                                                                         keihniini’oobe?

Scarecrow                                                                                           nei3eiwuxu’nen

Hay                                                                                                        woxuuno

May I be excused? (I am politely leaving)                              neetonoohuno

Okay (you may)                                                                                                ‘ine / wohei

May I watch a movie?                                                                    kooneeni’heesoku’oo?

Yes you may watch a movie                                                        ‘oo / hee, heesoku’oo

I’ll talk to you later                                                                          beexo3iihi’ heet’eenete3en

May I pass?                                                                                        kooneeni’ ceebisee?

May we pass?                                                                                   kooneeni’ ceebiseebe?

May I eat?                                                                                           kooneeni’ bii3ii?

May we eat?                                                                                      kooneeni’ bii3iibe?

May I have a little bit more                          beenhehe’ hii3iitoniihi’

Do you need me to help you                      kooneetniiteheibe3?

It’s raining now                                                 woow honoosoo’

Balloon (s)                                                           niiciitowu’ (niiciitowu’u, inanim)

It’s pretty (inanim)                                          beebeeyoo’ (beebeeyou’u)

It’s pretty (animate)                                       beebeeneihit (beebeeneihi3i’)

Go play                                                                 wonhiiniikoti’

Go have fun                                                       wonhowoo3ito’

My teacher                                                         neneeyei3eibeihii

I make a joke on you                                      niicoo’obe3en

I’m ready                                                             heeniise’nounoo

I’ve already eaten                                           hiisbii3iihiinoo

I already woke up                                            hiishowoto’oonoo

Uh-oh                                                             ‘owei (f); ‘eiyoo’, wiy (m)

Noon time                                                          kokusiini’

He is dancing                                                      beete’et

Don’t push her                                                  ciibeh hee3kusin

Hazie likes eggs                                                 nii’iiceto’ noono Hazie

Do you want eggs?                                          keibeetbii3 noono?

Light                                                                      noho’oeseiyoo’

You do it now or I will finish it                     xonounee’eestoo woei3 heetwonbee3itiinoo

Are you full?                                                      koohotoowoo?

I am full                                                                                hootoowoonoo

I am not full                                                        neihoow’otoowoo

You are done eating now                             woow hootoowoon

You’re still not done eating                          hoono’ heihoow’otoowoo

What do you want to eat?                           heeyou heibeetbii3iihit?

What did you just say?                                  heitousinihii?

What do you want to do?                             heibeetoustoo?

Squash                                                                 ce’beiko’

Pumpkin                                                              bexko’

Now I’m going to lie down and go to sleep                           woow heet hiisiibinoo heene’ nokohunoo

Learning Phrases

How do you say it in Arapaho?                   heeyou hinono’ei’niihi’?

Say it in Arapaho                                              nihii hinono’ei’niihi’

Almost                                                                  tooniihi’

Try (to do it) again                                           ce’neeyei3iitoo

Exactly! You got it right!                                teneeciise’

Toy Naming Game — Heeyou nuhu’?

We played with moving the words around to match questions and answers

We played with moving the words around to match questions and answers

Just today we got these phrases taped up in the play room!  Very useful for practicing vocabulary and getting used to how verbs change according to whether the thing you’re talking about is animate (like a cow) or inanimate (like a cup).  The coolest words are in bold.

What/who is this?  (animate, like a toy cow)                        henee’eehek nehe’ neneenit?

This is a xxx (cow)                                                               nehe’ xxx (wookec) neneenit

What is this? (inanimate, like a toy cup)                               heeyou nuhu’?

This is a xxx (cup)                                                                nuhu’ xxx (touyoo’) nenee’

 

Is that right?  Innit?                                                            koonee?

Yes that’s right                                                                      hee/’oo nenee’

Now YOU ask ME!                                                              woow cihnotoonii!

What do you see?  (inanim)                                                  heeyou henoohoo3oo?

I see it (a cup)                                                                      nonoohootowoo (touyoo’)

I see them (cups)                                                                 nonoohootowoo (touyoono)

What/who do you see?  (anim)                                           henee’eehek henoohoowo’oo?

I see it (a bear)                                                                    nonoohoowo’ (wox)

I see them (bears)                                                               nonoohoowou’u (woxuu)