Tŝilhqot’in Ch’ih Yaltɨg / Nenqayni Ch'ih Yaltɨg We’re speaking the Tŝilhqot’in language.


Tŝilhqot’in Ch’ih Yaltɨg

Xenchuh ʔElhghaʔeyuwh Jid Gwetowh Gudzɨsh, ʔEguh Chuh Seʔagunt’ih

Loose translation of Tŝilhqot’in Language- Respecting our Diversity

Translation by Bella Alphonse with assistance from Aaron Plahn.

Nexwesiqi Tŝilhqot’in ch’ih yajelhtɨg ʔeguh najedetat’i. ʔEsdilagh gwet’in, Tl’esqox-t’in, Tl’etinqox-t’in, Tŝi Deldel gwet’in, Xeni gwet’in, belh Yuneŝit’in ʔeyen Tŝilhqot’in ch’ih yajelhtɨg hajint’ih. Xenchuh Tŝilhqot’in ʔelhghaʔeyuwh jid gwetowh jeguzɨsh, ʔeguh chuh seʔagunt’ih. Naʔet’sen jid gwetowh ts’eguzih hink’ed, lha gwa huyenilẑen chu, hink’an lha deni ghanteẑindlux hanh.

Lha ʔinlhanx dzanh su ʔegun jid yalhtɨg hagunt’ih. ʔElhghaʔeyuwh jid gwetowh ts’eguzih. T’agultinqi yajelhtɨg, sutsel ʔuẑilhtŝ’an; ʔeguh jid ʔigwedilʔanx hagwet’insh.

Tŝilhqot’in Language

Respecting Our Diversity

by the Tŝilhqot’in Language Committee and Jay Nelson
The Tŝilhqot’in language is valuable to our future generations, we need to respect and acknowledge the diversity of the Tŝilhqot’in language dialects of each community; Tl’esqox, Tŝi Deldel, Yuneŝit’in, ʔEsdilagh, Xeni Gwet’in, and Tl’etinqox.

When we use the term ’dialect’, we are not referring to any ’correctness’ nor ’inaccuracies’ in how Tŝilhqot’in is spoken, but simply acknowledging that the pronunciation may differ slightly in each community. When our elders speak Tŝilhqot’in we listen and learn and appreciate the richness of the different dialects.