Use this dialogue to have simple conversations about colours. The dialogue uses lepót (cup) as an example, but you can substitute any other objects, such as articles of clothing.
Once you know your basic colours, use the pattern shown in this dialogue to have simple conversations with your family.
This is another practice video for reviewing Halq’eméylem Colours. This is a more advanced version: you have just three seconds to say each colour before the Elders!
Use the video in this post for some more advanced practice with Halq’emeylem colour terms.
Memory game for practicing colours.
Qwáyel means ‘turn green’ or ‘turn yellow’. (In general, many Elders use the same word for ‘green‘ and ‘yellow‘)
Tsqwóqwiyel means ‘becoming green’. Many Elders also use the same term for ‘becoming yellow’.
Sthémelts qesu le xwá tsqwá:y te lá:léms means ‘Tuesday his house becomes green‘. Literally it means ‘Tuesday and.so becomes green the house (of him)‘.
Tsq’éyx̲ is the Halq’eméylem word for ‘black’. Some elders use it also for ‘dark grey’ or ‘dark blue’ …
Tskwí:meqw is the Halq’eméylem word for ‘redhead’.