Everyday Seneca

  • by Ja:no's—Janine Bowen, Seneca Language Teacher

     
    Onödowa’ga:’ gawë:nö’ ëgade:yë:s.
    English translation: Seneca language, I will study.
    Pronunciation Key
    Symbol   Key Words

    o

    like the “o” in police

    ö

    like the “o” in tone

    a'

    like the “a” in father, said quickly

    a:'

    like the “a” in father, held out, the cut off

    a

    like the “a” in father

    ë:

    like the “e” in men, held out

    ö’

    like the “o” in tone, said quickly

    ë

    like the “e” in men

    e:

    like the "e" in they, held out
     
    agegwe:nyö:h
    English translation: I'm able to . . .
    Pronunciation Key
    Symbol   Key Words
    alike the “a” in father
    elike the “e” in they
    e:like the “e” in they, held out
    ö: like the “o” in own, held out
     
    ho’se:goh

    English translation: You go get it.

    Pronunciation Key
    Symbol   Key Words
    o'like the "o" in note, said quickly
    e:like the "e" in they, held out
    o  like the "o" in note
     

    ëgane:nö’

    English translation:  It will get warm again.

    Pronunciation Key
    Symbol   Key Words
    ë like the “e” in men
    alike the “a” in father
    e:like the “e” in they
    ö’ like the “o” in own, said quickly
     

    në:dah

    English translation: Here it is.

    Pronunciation Key
    Symbol   Key Words
    ë: like the “e” in men, held out
    alike the “a” in father
     
    De’ne:’ hi:gë:h.
    English translation: That’s not it.
    Pronunciation Key
    Symbol   Key Words
    e’like the “e” in they, said quickly
    e:like the “e” in they, held out
    i:like the “i” in police, held out
    ë:like the “e” in men, held out
     
    Dë’ëh o’si’?
    English translation: What did you say?
    Pronunciation Key
    Symbol   Key Words
    ë’like the “e” in men, said quickly
    ë like the “e” in men
    o’like the “o” in note, said quickly
    i’like the “i” in police, said quickly

     

Students' Audio Recordings

  • Ms. Bowen's 1st and 2nd year Seneca Language students recorded short autobiographies spoken in Seneca. Go to this page to hear them. Click on the students' name to hear the recording.
     
    Telling stories in Seneca gives the students practice in conversational skills. Ms. Bowen's 1st and 2nd year students did skits that were recorded. Go to this page to hear them.
  • Dë’ëh hi:gë:h?  
    English translation: What is that?
    Pronunciation Key
    Symbol   Key Words
    ë’like the “e” in men, said quickly
    ë like the “e” in men
    i:like the “i” in police, held out
    ë:  like the “e” in men, held out
     
    Dasgöh neh ye:yadöhgwa’. 
    English translation: Hand me the pencil/pen. 
    Pronunciation Key
    Symbol   Key Words
    alike the “a” in father
    ölike the “o” in own
    elike the “e” in they
    e:  like the “e” in they, held out
    a’like the “a” in father, cut short
     
    Ohji’ge’, gä:ha’ koh.
    English translation: It is cloudy, windy also.
    Pronunciation Key
    Symbol   Key Words
    olike the “o” in note
    i’like the “i” in police, said quickly
    e’like the “e” in they, said quickly
    ä:   like the “a” in cat, held out
    a’like the “a” in father, cut short
     
    Dë’ëh ësekö:ni’?
    English translation: What will you cook?
    Pronunciation Key
    Symbol   Key Words

    ë'

    like the “e” in men, cut short
    ëlike the “e” in men
    elike the “e” in they
    ö:  like the “o” in tone, held out
    i’like the “i” in police, cut short
     
    Sa’da:të’s? 
    English translation: Are you thirsty?
    Pronunciation Key
    Symbol   Key Words
    a’ like the “a” in father, said quickly
    a: like the “a” in father, held out
    ë’like the “e” in men, said quickly