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Learn Potawatomi through conversations

Potawatomi, or Bodwéwadmimwen, is the native language of the Potawatomi people. Created in collaboration with the Pokagon Tribe of Potawatomi as a part of their language revitalization efforts, this course delivers a blend of learning features, exercises, and personalized review with an award-winning conversational learning process that focuses on the four skills necessary to connect in another language; grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and culture.

Grammar Notes

No interpretation is created equal. Grammar Notes, color-coding, and features that focus on specific grammatical nuances between target and source language strengthens your understanding of Potawatomi language structure.

Culture Notes

Etiquette, body language, gestures — set the mood. Culture Notes provide a backdrop to learning material and let the Potawatomi culture come alive, setting you up to forge deeper connections with Potawatomi culture and make a positive impression.

Vocabulary

Critical thinking and memory-building exercises blend new vocabulary into lesson progress, allowing you to pick up on the structure of your target language so you can apply new content that will be presented in various contexts throughout the course.

Pronunciation

Didn’t catch that? Hear it again at a conversational speed, hover over for phonetics, or click on the word for an articulated narration. Tone your accent against native speaker audio by activating the voice comparison tool.

Course Overview

Learn Potawatomi language basics, from common phrases all the way to more advanced concepts

Potawatomi

Main Units

Our main language course that contains the core content.

  • 1Potawatomi
  • Chapter 1 - Identity and Origins
  • Chapter 2 - Small Talk and Weather
  • Chapter 3 - Activities and Time
  • Chapter 4 - Locations and Places
  • Chapter 5 - Speaking Potawatomi and Schedules
  • Chapter 6 - Life Skills and Leisure Activities

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Identity and Origins

Conversational Goals

  • Ask about Clan and Close Family
  • Greet Someone and End a Conversation
  • Identify with Your Nation and Band
  • Say Where You Come From
  • State Your Name

Grammar Goals

  • Answer a Question about Yourself in the Affirmative and Negative
  • Ask How, Where, and Who Questions Using the Conjunct Form
  • Identify When to Use n- and g- Independent Form Prefixes
  • Use the Verb ‘to be’ with Singular Subjects
  • Use the Yes-No Question Marker n?

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Small Talk and Weather

Conversational Goals

  • Ask and Respond to Questions on How You Are
  • Discuss the Weather Today
  • State Your Preference for the Weather and Seasons
  • Talk about Likes, Dislikes, and Preferences
  • Talk about Tomorrow's Weather

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Verb Types (VAI), (VII), and (VTI)
  • Learn Patterns for Inanimate Intransitive Verbs (VII) in the Conjunct Form
  • Learn the Future Tense with wi in the Independent
  • Use Demonstratives with Singular Inanimate Objects
  • Use the Independent and Conjunct in the Same Statement

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - Activities and Time

Conversational Goals

  • Count up to 12
  • Discuss the Actions of a Third Person
  • Say What Time It Is
  • Say What You Did or Will Do at a Certain Time
  • Talk about Common Activities

Grammar Goals

  • Construct Numbers Beyond 10
  • Order Actions Using nétëm and ithë min?
  • Speak in the Past Tense with gi in the Independent
  • Transpose Animate Intransitive Verbs in New Ways
  • Use the Third Person win Form

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Locations and Places

Conversational Goals

  • Ask Where and When Questions
  • Say What You Have to Do
  • Say Where You Went or Will Go
  • Specify Whether You Are "Going" or "Coming" to Do an Action
  • Talk about Locations in Town

Grammar Goals

  • Construct the Locative Form from Place Names
  • Speak in the Past and Future Tense in the Conjunct Using the Tense Markers
  • Use Conjunct Endings for I, You, He/She, and They
  • Use the Particles o and byé for Going and Coming To Do Something
  • Use the Verb zhya to Say Where You Are Going

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - Speaking Potawatomi and Schedules

Conversational Goals

  • Ask about the activities of more than one person
  • Learn the days of the week
  • Talk about actions on certain days
  • Talk about the languages people speak
  • Talk about what people "can," "could," or "should" do
  • Talk about what people "can," "could," or "should" NOT do

Grammar Goals

  • Learn (VAI) negative forms for Winwa and Ginwa
  • Learn the Ginwa form for independent and conjunct (VAI) verbs
  • Put the days of the week in the conjunct
  • Use the conjunct tense markers ?gi and ?wi
  • Use the uncertain future marker da in the independent and conjunct

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 6 - Life Skills and Leisure Activities

Conversational Goals

  • Express regret by saying what should have been done
  • Say what is about to happen
  • Speak about outdoor activities
  • Suggest that “we” do something together
  • Tell one or more people to do something

Grammar Goals

  • Learn the two first person plural parties ninan and ginan
  • Transition from independent to conjunct while using two (VAI) verbs
  • Use positive and negative gin and ginwa commands
  • Use the independent future tense gë
  • Use the tense da gi to say what should have happened

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