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1. Dialogue

stem ’a’lu kw’u sew’q’tuhw? ‘What are you looking for?’
nu stl’i’ kwunus ’iluquls ’u kw’ swetu. ‘I want to buy a sweater.’
kw’inusstum they’ swetu? ‘How much is that sweater?’
nets’uw’utsstum. ‘It’s a hundred.’
nan ’uw’ tl’i’stum. ‘That’s very expensive.’
kw’inusstum they’ shnuwul’exutun? ‘How much is this vest?’
lhq’utssulhsha’us they’. ‘That’s fifty dollars.’
nilh ’u ’uw’ hay they’? ‘Is this the only one?’
nilh ’uw’ t-hway they’. ‘That’s the only one.’
’uy’. ’iluqut tsun tse’. ‘Good. I’ll buy it.’
’e’uth thu t’xumulhsha’us. ‘Here is sixty dollars.’
’upanus thu ni’ slhut’s. ‘Ten dollars is the change.’
huy ch q’u, si’em’. ‘Thank you, Sir/Ma’am.’

2. Vocabulary

tth’xwa’lutsa”gloves, mittens’

telu ‘money
slhut’ ‘change’
luxwtun ‘blanket’
swetu ‘sweater’
shnuwul’exutun ‘vest’
shtl’pi’wun’ ‘shirt’
kupou ‘coat’
lushaan ‘shawl’
’ikchum ‘scarf, handkerchief’
shqitustun ‘headband’
shelumtsus ‘ring’
sts’qw’un’u ‘earrings’
sxwuxwqw’lhnulh ‘necklace’
shtth’a’mutsun ‘bracelet’
yasa’qw ‘hat’
q’uw’u ‘cane’
shnuw’tsustun ‘bag, pouch’
shtulelu ‘purse, wallet’
xthum ‘box’
situn ‘basket’
lhultun ‘bailer’
snuhwulh ‘canoe’
sq’umul’ ‘paddle’
pouk, poukw ‘book’
xul’tun ‘pen’
shxaatth’ustun ‘picture’
sxt’ekw’ ‘carving’

3. Phrases

(1) nu stl’i’ kwunus ’iluquls ’u kw’ swetu.
‘I want to buy a sweater.’
(2) nu stl’i’ kwunus ’iluquls ’u kw’ luxwtun.
‘I want to buy a blanket.’
(3) nu stl’i’ kwunus ’iluquls ’u kw’ situn.
‘I want to buy a basket.’
(4) nu stl’i’ kwunus ’iluquls ‘u kw’ q’uw’u.
‘I want to buy a cane.’
(5) nu stl’i’ kwunus ’iluquls ’u kw’ shnuwul’exutun.
‘I want to buy a vest.’
(6) kw’inusstum thu shnuwul’exutun?
‘How much does the vest cost?’
(7) kw’inusstum tu’i?
‘How much is this?’
(8) lhuhwulhsha’us p’e’ tthey’.
‘That’s thirty dollars.’
(9) lhuhwulhsha’us tse’ tthey’.
‘That will be thirty dollars.’
(10) nan ’uw’ tl’i’stum!
‘That’s really expensive!’
(11) nuw’ ’uy’ tthu shnenutss.
‘That’s a good price.’
(12) ’e’uth thu xuthunlhsha’us.
‘Here’s forty dollars.’
(13) ’upanus thu ni’ slhut’s.
‘Ten dollars is the change.’
(14) tskw’shas p’e’ tthey’.
‘That’s twenty dollars.’
(15) lhq’utssulhsha’us tthey’.
‘That’s fifty dollars.’
(16) nets’uw’uts tthey’.
‘That’s a hundred dollars.’
(17) ’e’uth thu ‘upanus.
‘Here’s forty dollars.’
(18) ‘e’uth thu tskw’shas.
‘Here’s twenty dollars.’
(19) ’e’uth thu lhuhwulhsha’us.
‘Here’s thirty dollars.’
(20 ’e’uth thu xuthunlhsha’us.
‘Here’s forty dollars.’
(21) nilh ’u ’uw’ hay tthey’?
‘Is that the only one?’
(22) nilh ’uw’ t-hway tthey’.
‘That’s the only one.’
(23) ni’ ’u ch tse’ ’iluqut tu’i?
‘Will you buy this one?’
(24) ’iluqut tsun tse’ tu’i?
‘I will take this one.’

4. Some Hul’q’umi’num’ Determiners (articles, demonstratives, auxiliaries)

Articles ‘the, a’ Demonstratives ‘this’ Auxiliary ‘here’s’
masculine tthu, tu tthey’, tey’ ’e’ut
feminine thu they’ ’e’uth