Ohlone Costanoan
Esselen Nation
Official Tribal Website
Greetings:

Good Morning .............         Saleki Asatsa .........        sa-lek-i a-sat-sa
Good Afternoon    .......         Saleki Itsa ..............        sa-lek-i it-sa
Good Evening    ..........         Saleki Itsu ..............        sa-lek-i it-su
Good Day    ................          Saleki Atsa .............       sa-lek-i at-sa
Good Night    ...............         Saleki Tomanis ......        sa-lek-i to-ma-nis
Vowels:

A        E        I        O        U

A as in:                F
ather       
E as in:                M
et   
I  as in:                Mach
ine
O as in:                Wr
ote
U as in:                R
ule
Stress - penultimate- next to last syllable
X - Sounds like H
C - Sounds like CH
S - Sounds like SH
T - Curl tongue back to palate
R - probable a flap/tap
Lex Welel - Our Language
I
we
our
they
them
he/she/it
that one
those
these
yes
exist/live   
eni
let
lex
lawis
lachi
a'lam
akala
aneme (when far)
iniwa
ike
cha'a
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you
us
your
their
him/her
that
this
those
my
no
house
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name
lechi
nemmex
lax
huniki
ahik
aniki
aniwa (when near)
nish
ana
iwa
male/man
adult
child
mother
daughter
younger brother
brother-in-law
younger sister
aunt
grandmother
ancestors
exe
noch
pana
Atsia
sholeta
hepna
iwis
tapna
Mechix
Iapa
Ewshai
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woman
boy
children
father
girl
older brother
sister-in-law
sister
uncle
grandfather
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tanoch (adult female)
exepana (male child)
panna
aha'ya
sholeta
mi'its
imis
ichi
tsa'a
Metx
We Thank David L. Shaul, Linguist, for his work and dedication in working with Tribal
Chairwoman, Louise J. Miranda Ramirez to return our language.  We are currently
working on a dictionary, translating stories and writing new stories for our people.