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Trying to figure out how to wish someone a "happy birthday" in Lenape.
Not sure if there is an idiomatic expression that is used, or if I can say something like "happiness for your birthday" -
"my birthday" seems to be 'nkatÃ«nami'. I don't think I need a double 'k' for 'your birthday', so maybe katÃ«nami?
In NU, those words mean only "I am ---- years old" and "you (sg.) are ---- years old." They are always preceded by a number, and, usually, followed by a number. For example, nischaschtchenachke n'gatenami woak chaasch = "I am seventy-eight years old." Literally: "seven-so-many-tens I-am-years-old and eight."
The NU word for "birthday" is tpisgam. So, I guess you could say, Wulhattenamil k'tpisgamink! ("Be-happy on-your-(sg.)-birthday!")