More Verbs

When talking about your family we use a number of different questions and different verbs. Lets take a look at the verb to see.


To see - Present tense

English: I see
Michif: ni wapataen
Category: To see - Present tense

English: You See
Michif: keewapataen
Category: To see - Present tense

English: He sees
Michif: wapatam
Category: To see - Present tense

English: They see
Michif: wapatamwuk
Category: To see - Present tense

English: We see
Michif: ni wapataenan
Category: To see - Present tense

English: You see (plural)
Michif: keewapataenawow
Category: To see - Present tense

To see - Past tense

Remember that when you use a verb in past tense in Michif all you need to do is add kee or gee. Look at the following example.

English: I saw
Michif: geewapataen
Category: To see - Past tense

English: You saw
Michif: keewapataen
Category: To see - Past tense

English: He saw
Michif: keewapatum
Category: To see - Past tense

English: We saw
Michif: geewapataynaan
Category: To see - Past tense

English: They saw
Michif: keewapatamwuk
Category: To see - Past tense

English: You saw (plural)
Michif: keewapataenawow
Category: To see - Past tense

Lets Build on This

In Michif we do not often have separate words, words a modified and prefixes and suffixes are added to talk about who is doing what. In English we use different words to show this but in Michif the verb is modified to show who is doing and receiving the action.

For example in English we say:

I saw him.

But in Michif we say:

Geewapamaow

Lets take a look at this a little closer and we will start to see a pattern!! We will discuss this more in future lessons. This is starting to get pretty deep into grammar so for our purposes we will just introduce this idea now and in the future you will see further lessons on this!

English: I saw
Michif: gee wapataen
Category: Lets build on This

English: I saw him
Michif: gee wapamaow
Category: Lets build on This

English: I saw them
Michif: gee wapamawuk
Category: Lets build on This

English: You saw
Michif: kee wapataen
Category: Lets build on This

English: You saw him
Michif: kee wapamaow
Category: Lets build on This

English: You saw them
Michif: kee wapamawuk
Category: Lets build on This

English: He saw
Michif: kee wapatum
Category: Lets build on This

English: He saw them
Michif: kee wapamayo
Category: Lets build on This

English: She saw him
Michif: kee wapamayo
Category: Lets build on This

English: They saw
Michif: kee wapatamwuk
Category: Lets build on This

English: They saw him
Michif: kee wapamaywuk
Category: Lets build on This

English: They saw them
Michif: kee wapamaywuk
Category: Lets build on This

English: We saw
Michif: gee wapataynaan
Category: Lets build on This

English: We saw him
Michif: gee wapamanaan
Category: Lets build on This

English: We saw them
Michif: gee wapamanaanik
Category: Lets build on This

English: You saw (plural)
Michif: kee wapataenawow
Category: Lets build on This

English: You saw him (plural)
Michif: kee wapamawow
Category: Lets build on This

English: You saw them (plural 2)
Michif: kee wapamaywuk
Category: Lets build on This