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obsessed_with_stringIt is very difficult for me to learn new words

because whenever I ask how to say something, the person (usually marty) says it quickly and i don’t have a chance to write it out. As far as i can tell, in Blackfoot culture you are expected to learn something the first time you are told. I have trouble with that. I even have trouble understanding english when it is spoken, my brain works better with written words. I usually have to watch somebody’s lips when they speak to me in order to understand what they are talking about, so of course that’s not easy with blackfoot. The words are so long and spoken so quickly, plus there isn’t much lip movement at all (all in the throat and the tip of the tongue)

Marty knows this, but he’s trying to teach me a new way of learning, since not everybody is going to walk me through everything step-by-step for the rest of my life, like i’m used to in school.

But his brother-in-law is white and seems to learn the same way i do. He uses flash cards. I think I’ll ask him if I can borrow them, or at least look them over sometime. 6 years ago


obsessed_with_stringpronunciation

k sounds like a mix of “k” + “g”

p = “p” + “b”

t = “t” + “d”

h is silent (stretches out the vowel sounds before it)

i = “eee”
a = “ah”
o = “oh”
ao = “ow” (kinda)

double letters mean the sound is stretched out

apostrophes show a sort of guttural sound, there is no letter for it in the english language…hard to explain with words

Blackfoot is always spoken deep in the throat and at the tip of the tongue, while english is often spoken through the nose…again, hard to explain…but it is easy to hear the difference between native speakers and those just learning.

spelling of words isn’t important and often varies because Blackfoot was never written with letters prior to white people 6 years ago


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obsessed_with_stringwhat is your name?

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