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#1 Nov-15-2017 08:27:am

Kavik
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Quick Phrase

Hello,

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 'nkat├źnami'. I don't think I need a double 'k' for 'your birthday', so maybe kat├źnami?

Thanks!

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#2 Nov-15-2017 11:13:am

sschkaak
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Re: Quick Phrase

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!")

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#3 Nov-15-2017 11:19:am

Kavik
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Re: Quick Phrase

Thanks - I noticed that after (of course) I posted that it seemed to be more in reference to how many years a given person 'has'.

Ah, okay - the Locative! Didn't even think of that.

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