Munsee Delaware Language [archive]
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Munsee Delaware Language
Here are 10 phrases in Munsee Delaware, an Algonquian language spoken by Indians who lived
in the New York / Long Island area for thousands of years. The transcription is by John O'Meara, a Canadian linguist who studied the language, made extensive
recordings, and wrote a dictionary
(available from the University of Toronto Press).
How are you today?
Tha ktulamalsi kway kiishkwihk?
What is your name?
Kweek ha ktushiinzi?
It is a nice day today.
You are my friend.
Hello (literally, I'm glad to see you)
Will you have lunch with me?
This is my father and mother.
Wan ha nooxw waak nguk.
This is my dog.
Wan ha nii ndalumoonz.
This is my cat.
Wan ha nii mbooshiishum.
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