Tlingit language

Likoodzí (amazing)! Kei haa naltseen (we are becoming strong). Gunalchéesh (thank you) for your hard work!

Tlingit is one of the traditional languages of Southeast Alaska and is rich with meaning that is lost in English. For instance, “Gunalchéesh” means not just “thank you”, but also “it would not be possible without you”!

Practice your pronunciation here: Tlingit Phrases with Victoria Johnson.

Listen to the Tlingit language in this story of Shanyaak’utlaax̱ (Salmon Boy). Why did the boy become a salmon? Let us know in the comments!

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