Spring Bike Rides: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect, video)

ispîhk mâna kâ-sîkwahk, wîpac ê-kîskisêpâk, kâ-nikotwâso-kîsikâk, nipapâmi-tihtipiskên cihcipayapisikanis. wahyaw mâna nikakwê-papâmi-tihtipiskên cihcipayapisikanis. kîspin êkâ mistahi sôhkiyowêki nêwosâp cipahaskânis mâna nitihtipiskên cihcipayapisikanis, sâkahikanisihk isi, êkwa kâwi ta-kîwê-hiskamân, mâmawi, nîsitanaw ayênânêwosâp cipahaskânis ê-papâmi-tihtipiskamân cihcipayapisikanis. ispîhk sôhkiyowêki namôya mâna wahyaw nitisi-têhtapin. têpiyahk aciyaw mâna nipapâmi-tihtipiskên cihcipayapisikanis ispîhk kâ-sôhkiyowêk. âskaw mâna mistahi sôhkiyowêw ôta maskotêhk.

nicihkêyihtên ta-papâmi-tihtipiskamân cihcipayapisikanis ispîhk kâ-sîkwahk. ispîhk mâna kâ-papâmipayiyân niwâpamâwak nanâtohk piyêsîsak: cahcahkâyosak, cahcahkiwak, niskak, âhâsiwak, êkwa nanâtohk sîsîpak. acimosihkânisak mîna niwâpamâwak ispîhk kâ-ati-sâkipakâk. mêtoni miyonâkwan askiy ispîhk kâ-sîkwahk.

When it’s spring, early in the morning, on a Saturday, I like to go riding a bike. I try to ride far on the bike. If it is not too windy I ride 14 kilometers to the small lake, and back home again, I ride the bike for a total of 28 kilometers. When it is very windy I don’t ride far.

I go out riding the bike briefly when it is very windy. Sometimes it gets very windy here on the prairies. I like to ride the bike when it is spring.When I go about I see all sorts of birds: blackbirds, pelicans, geese, crows, and all sorts of ducks. I also see pussy willows when the leaves start to bud. The earth is very beautiful when it is spring.

WORDS

  • acimosihkânisak – pussy willows (NA)
  • aciyaw – for a shor while
  • âhâsiw – crow
  • âskaw mâna – sometimes, as is usual
  • askiy – earth
  • ati-sâkipakâw – leaves begin to bud
  • ayênânêwosâp – eighteen
  • cahcahkâyos – blackbird
  • cahcahkiw – pelican
  • cihcipayapisikanis – bicycle (NI)
  • cihkêyihta – like s.t. (VTI-1)
  • cipahaskânis – kilometre
  • êkâ – negator for conjunct
  • êkwa – and
  • isi – toward a direction
  • isi-têhtapi – ride in a way (VAI)
  • ispîhk – when
  • kakwê- – try to (PV)
  • kâwi – back
  • kîskisêpâw – it is morning (VII)
  • kîspin – if
  • kîwê-hiska – ride it home (VAI)
  • mâmawi – all together
  • mâna – usually
  • maskotêw – prairie (NI)
  • mêtoni – very
  • mîna – also
  • istahi – a lot
  • miyonâkwan – it looks beautiful (VII)
  • namôya – no
  • nanâtohk – all kinds
  • nêwosâp – fourteen
  • nikotwâso-kîsikâw – it is Saturday (VII)
  • nîsitanaw – twenty
  • niska – goose
  • ôta – here
  • papâmi- – out and about
  • papâmipayi – go out and about (VAI)
  • piyêsîs – bird (NA)
  • sâkahikanis – small lake
  • sîkwan – it is spring
  • sîsîp – duck
  • sôhkiyowêw – it is very windy (VII)
  • têpiyahk – at least
  • tihtipiska – ride s.t. with wheels (VTI-1)
  • wahyaw – far away
  • wâpam – see s.o. (VTA)
  • wîpac – soon, early
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