’ilhe hwulmuhwqun – Language lessons

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Unit 1 - Commands

1.1 Welcome speech. ’i ’u tseep ’uw’ ’eli’ ’ul’? “How are you (pl)?” nem’ tseep ’umut! “You (pl) go sit down!” tth’ihwum ’i’ ts’ets’uhw! “Please be quiet!” hwiyuneem’ tseep! “You (pl) listen!” ’ilhe’ hwulmuhwqun! “Let’s speak a ...

Unit 2 – Subject Pronouns

2.1 Dialogue. A. ni’ ’u ch ’imush? “Did you walk?” B. ’uwu, ni’ tsun xwchenum. “No, I ran.” A. ’i ’u ch lhtsiws? “Are you tired?” ’ilhe ’umut. “Let’s sit down.” B. hay ch q’a’. “Thank you.” ni’ ’u ch nem’ yaays? “Did you go to work...

Unit 3 - Naming Things

3.1 Dialogue. A. stem ’a’lu tu’i? “What is this?” B. poukw p’e’ tey’. “That is a book.” A. stem ’a’lu tey’, ’u Mary? “What is that, Mary?” B. xul’tun p’e’ tu’i. “This is a pen.” A. stem ’a’lu kw’us hun’ut tey’? “What is that call...

Unit 4 – Locating Things

4.1 Dialogue (Theresa Thorne) A. ni’ ’untsu kwthunu poukw? “Where is my book?” B. ’e’et ’i ’u tu’i. “Here it is.” A. ni’ ’untsu kwthunu xul’tun? “Where is my pencil?” B. sun’iw’ ’u tun’ xthum. “It’s in your box.” A. ’e’et ’i...

Unit 5 – Talking about People

5.1 dialogue (Margaret James & Theresa Thorne) A. ni’ ’u ch nem’ ’u kwthu theewthw kw’un’a’ snet? “Did you go to the big house last night?” B. he’e. qux tthu mustimuhw. “Yes. There were lots of people. ni’ ’amut kwthu slhun...

Unit 6 - The Family

6.1 Dialogue 6.2 Vocabulary: kin terms. 6.4 - 6.5 Pattern Practice 6.6 - 6.7 Substitution Drills 6.8 Places 6.9 Pattern Practice 6.10 -ew’t-hw “house”, “building”, “room”. 6.11 Wha...

Unit 7 - Describing Things

7.1 Dialogue. 7.2 Vocabulary: descriptions. 7.3 Adjectives. 7.4 Pattern practice. 7.8 Pattern practice. 7.11 Third person possession. 7.13 Amount words. 7.15 Substititution drill....

Unit 8 - Verbs of Motion

8.1 Dialogue. 8.2 Vocabulary: motion verbs. 8.3 wulh “already”. 8.4 yuhw “must”. 8.5 ts’u “hearsay”. 8.6 p’e’ “indeed”. 8.7 Particle drill. 8.8 Combinations 8.9     Tra...

Unit 9 – Verbs with Objects

9.1 Dialogue (Theresa Thorne and Hazel Good) 9.2     Vocabulary: verbs with objects. 9.3 Transitive verbs. 9.4 First and second person subjects. 9.5–9.8 pattern practices 9.9 Vocabulary: mealtime objects and f...

Unit 10 – Verbs with Human Objects

10.1 dialogue (Theresa Thorne and Margaret James) 10.2 vocabulary (more transitive verbs) 10.3 third person subject 10.4 pattern practice; 10.5 pattern practice 10.6 third subject agreement 10.7 pattern...

Unit 11 – Actions Affecting the Subject

11.1 Dialogue (Theresa Thorne and Hazel Good) 11.2 Passives 11.3 Repeat 11.4 Substitution drill 11.5 and 11.6 Substitution drills 11.7 Passive agent. 11.8 Passives and noun phrases. 11.9...

Unit 12 – Causatives

12.1 dialogue (Delores) A. ’e’eth wulh tecul thun’ shla’lum’e’lh. “Here comes your babysitter.” B. ’oo. qulstuhw tst. “Ooh. We hate her.” A. nutsim’ ’a’lu? “Why?” B. ni’ ’unuhw stal’hwus ’u kwu tst hiw’a’lum’. “She makes us stop ...

Unit 13 - Out of Control

13.1 Dialogue A. ni’ ’u ch ’uw’ lumnuhw lhu Mary? “Did you see Mary?” B. ni’ tsun ’uw’ p’ulq’nuhw ’ul’. “I just caught a glimpse of her.” nutsim’? “Why” A. tl’lim’ ni’ ’uw’ sne’nuts’ ’ul’. “She’s really upset.” ni’ ’ukw’nuhwus lhu...

Unit 14 - Numerals

14.1 Dialogue 14.2 Vocabulary: Numbers 14.6 Vocabulary: Time Expressions 14.7 Telling time 14.8 Giving the time 14.9 Pattern practice 14.11 Vocabulary: days of the week 14.12 Pattern...

Unit 15 – More Numerals

15.1 Dialogue 15.2 Vocabulary: higher numbers 15.5 Pattern practice 15.6 Substitution drill. 15.7 Substitution drill. 15.8 Substitution drill. 15.9 Vocabulary: months. ...

Unit 16 – Expressing Desires

16.1 Dialogue A. ni’ ’u ch spiputstuhw thu q’e’mi’? “Do you know that girl?” B. nilh sye’yes lhunu sqe’uq. “She’s a friend of my sister. ’uy’stuhw ’u ch kwu’elh? Do you like her?” A. nu stl’I’ kw’unus qwulstuhw. “I want to talk ...

Unit 19 – Emotions

19.1 Dialogue 19.2   Vocabulary: thoughts and feelings. 19.3   Pattern practice. 19.4   Expressing objects. 19.5   Pattern practice. 19.6   Substitution drill. 19.7   Translation. 19.8   ...

Unit 22 – Subordinate Clauses

22.1 Dialogue 22.2    Vocabulary. 22.3    Grammar: Focus sentences. 22.5    Focus and transitives. 22.6    Pattern practice. 22.7    Grammar: Focus pronouns. 22.10   Focus senten...

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  • ‘i’lhe’ xwulmuxwqun: tu nucam’at pookw. (Let’s Speak Our First Nations Language: Book One). A secondary school textbook prepared for the Chemainus, Nanaimo, and Nanoose First Nations and Nanaimo School District No. 68, September 1995. Student’s Edition (220 pp.) and Teacher’s Edition (230 pp.)
  • ‘i’lhe’ xwulmuxwqun: tu yusal’um’at pookw. (Let’s Speak Our First Nations Language: Book Two). A secondary school textbook prepared for the Chemainus, Nanaimo, and Nanoose First Nations and Nanaimo School District No. 68, November 1997. Self-study Edition (147 pp.). Students’ Edition (147 pp.)