x, k, w will be followed by u, not i; can only have ku, xu, wu; x or k can be o_e but w can’t be followed by e (w becomes b before e)
Baby Hazel’s first filmed spoken word ever is on this video! It is, predictably, mine — neniistoot. She says it in English… the Arapaho will take a while.
I’m not sure about the pronunciation in a couple of these — check with a Grandpa or a Grandma and let me know! The vocabulary is written in the video.
Don’t have enough energy to film the girls today so here’s an easier lesson from our end, straight off the kitchen wall.
Vocab is written in the video this time with one exception:
kei-beet-bii3…? Do you want to eat… ?
Hazel finally has an Arapaho nickname — Nonii, cute! Whiny here. If you want to request a lesson, please comment or email me at email@example.com. Otherwise I’ll keep filming whatever’s easiest. Hecesneecee’isei is refusing to be filmed so Nonii is easiest at the moment.
koohesnee? — are you hungry?
heeyeihiisetee’ tortellini — the tortellini is almost ready
koociini’oo? — what’s wrong?
nii’iini’ — it’s okay
nohtou tohbiiwohun? — why are you crying?
hee’inowoo — I know
nee’ee — wait (female form)
Hecesneecee’isei — Little Chief Woman — didn’t know the Arapaho word for poop so she signed it. Because how could a three-year-old survive breakfast without some reference to poop? Also, notice that when she can’t think of the word for spoon, she says cihniiteheibii — help me — which I’m guessing is because every time she tells me to do something (which is constant) I reply “cihnotoonii hinono’einiihi'” — ask me in Arapaho — to which her response is “cihniiteheibii”. So it’s the back-up phrase when she knows she needs to speak Arapaho. Weirdly I’m having a HARD time memorizing the word “cihnotoonii” despite saying it all the time. It’s on the wall where I can see it from the kitchen table and I had to look at it just now to write it here.
hii3eti’ nohkuseic — good morning
heitoustoo? — what are you doing?
heeyou nuhu’? — what is this?
cihniiteheibii — help me
hiiko — no
heeyou nuhu’? nuhu’ heeyou? — what is this? this, what is it?
heebiyoo — spoon
heebiyoo nenee’ — it is a spoon
noh nuhu’? — and this?
ce’einooo — bowl
heeyou hinee? — what is that?
(she signs poop)
hoowbiihii — it’s not poop
nohkuseic bii3ihiit nenee’ — it’s cereal (morning food)
The vocabulary below the video is in the order it’s said in the video. Listen closely because some words are fast. If Billie Sutton and the Cheyenne Arapaho Language Department adopt these, maybe they’ll be subtitled some day. One can hope *hint hint*
Nec – water
‘Oo – yes (if speaker is female)
He3 – dog (she signs it: pats leg)
Nee’eetox – enough
‘Ine – okay (if speaker is female)
Ciibehcou’tii – don’t touch it
Hohou – thank you
HomeWithArapaho officially ends on 12/31/2014 — two weeks from today — so I’m going to start cranking out some lessons. Here are some great useful words to get you started.
kei-beet-bii3… – do you want to eat…
bee’ice’ee – apple
koo-nosouniihi’ — more?
nihii — say (command form)
nosouniihi’ — more!
noonisoo — what a mess
ceebiinin — you’re so dirty
hiiko — no
ciibehnee’eestoo — don’t do that