Another part in my occasional series to put more of the Lenape language on the internet. As before, I am only a beginner, links go to the Lenape Talking Dictionary’s native speakers. This time, I’m going to attempt the x sound, which is similar to a German ch. There are a few similarities between Lenape and German that may help explain why the two peoples got along well – the number system is also similar with the Lenape saying nishinxke ok nisha “twenty and two” similar to how the Germans say zweiundzwanzig “two and twenty”.
Person 1: He. (Hello)
Person 2: He. Tani hech kta? (Hello. Where are you going?)
Person 1: Ahikta. (I agree.)
Person 1: Ku. Nehenaonkes nan. (No. That is a horse.)
Person 1: E-e. Wentaxa. (Yes. Let’s go.)
I still need work on the x sound I think.