Let me give you socks!

 

Let's practice distinguishing between single objects and groups of objects now.

Dialog 1
 

Gisgug aji-puna'n! Ge' to'q ignmulapnn signn!

Today you're having your birthday! Let me give you socks!

 
 

Ignmuin sign? Goqwei ugjit? Ma' ulapetmu newte' sign.

You're giving me a sock? What for? I won't get good use out of one sock.

 
 

Teluap, "Ignmulann signn"! Signn, mu sign.

I said, "I'm giving you socks"! Socks, not sock.

 
 

A', ignmuinn signn. Nestasi nige'. Wela'lin! Muta gewtaqsigi.

Oh, you're giving me socks. I understand now. Thanks! Since my feet are cold (I feel cold in my feet/have cold feet).

 
 

Te's-aji-puna'i, ignmuitl nmis signn.

Every time I have a birthday, my big sister gives me socks.

 
 

Sign? Ma' ulapetmu'n newte' sign.

A sock? You won't get good use out of one sock.

 
 

Teluap, "Ignmuitl signn"! Signn ignmuitl, mu sign.

I said, "She gives me socks"! Socks she gives me, not (a) sock.

 
 

A', nestasi. Wellugwen: mu (g)eggunmuann signn.

Oh, I understand. You've done well: I don't have any socks.

 
 

Aq te's-aji-puna'i, nsis ignmuiji tap'tang.

And every time I have a birthday, my older brother gives me potatoes.

 
 

Tap'tang? Ignmasgi tap'tang?

Potatoes? He gives you potatoes?

 
 

E'e. Tap'tang ignmuiji. Muta apjiw al'guwisin.

Yes. He gives me potatoes. Because I'm always going around hungry.