hul’m’eel’s suw’a’lum’ | Playing soccer

hul’m’eel’s suw’a’lum’ | Playing soccer

Jonathan Elliott and Delores Louie

1. ’een’thu Jonathan. tun’ni’ tsun ’utl’ shts’uminus.
I am Jonathan. I’m from Stz’uminus.

2. tunu sqwul’qwul’ nilh tu spuptitul’s tu hul’m’eel’s ni’ ’utl’ ts’alhup sq’uq’a’ ’u tl’ shts’uminus swaw’lus.
My story is about when I was going to a soccer tournament in Tsartlip together with the Stz’uminus young men’s team.

3. xu’athun lhqelts’ kwunus ’i t’ut’a’thut ’u tu ’i hul’m’eel’s yelh sus nem’ ’u kwthey’ spuptitul’.
For four months I trained before going to the tournament.

4. mukw’ netulh ’i’ nem’ tsun yu xwan’chunum’ ’i’ ni’ tsun se’t tu hay ’ul’ hwutus.
Every morning I went running and lifted weights.

5. mukw’ skweyul ’i’ nem’ tsun yu xwan’chunum’ ’u tu netulh, tun’ni’ ’utl’ Deer Point ’i’ ni’ tus ’utl’ Church Road t’iwi’ulhew’t-hw shelh, wuwa’ lhsuq’ tintun kwunus ni’ nem’ xwan’chunum’.
I ran all the way from Deer Point to Church Road, and it took half an hour.

6. suw’ mukw’ netulh ’i’ ni’ tst nem’ t’uta’thut ’u tthu hum’el’s.
We practiced soccer every morning.

7. ni’ tst hwu’alum’stuhw kwutst hul’meel’s ’u tthu pal.
We practiced returning the ball to each other.

8. ni’ tst yu kwayxthutstuhw tthey’ pal kwutst yu ts’ats’ulut tthu sxun’utst.
We moved the ball around, dribbling with our feet.

9. thi syays kwutst nem’ t’ut’a’thut nem’ hul’me’t tu pal nuw’ush ’u tu goal.
We practiced shooting the ball into the goal.

10. xu’athun lhqelts’ nus nem’ nuw’ yu stitum’ yaay’us, mukw’ skweyul, ’i’ ni’ hwu kw’am’kw’um’ tunu sxun’u
For four months, I really practiced hard every day and my legs got strong.

11. ni’ tst wulh yu saay’ kwutst nem’ nem’ ’u kwthey’ spuptitul’ ni’ ’utl’ ts’alhup
We went well prepared to the tournament at Tsartlip.

12. ’i’ ni’ tst tl’hwunuqnamut.
And we managed to win.

13. kw’in tintun ’i’ ’i tst ’almutsun ’i’ tl’e’ wulh qul’et nem’ ’u tthu spuptitul’.
Then we waited for a few hours to play our next game.

14. ’i’ ni’ tst stl’uhw.
And then we lost.

15. tl’uw’ la’us ’ul’ kwus tl’uhwutalum, ’i’ hay ’ul’ ’iyus kwutst sq’uq’a’ ’u tthu hul’meel’s.
Even though we were beaten, we were happy to be playing soccer together.

16. skw’ey kws hay tst qul’et m’i ’ewu xew’s sil’anum ’i’ tl’lim’ tst tse’tl’uw’ wulh qul’et t’a’thut.
We are going to try again next year.

17. ni’ hay. hay ch q’u.
The End. Thank you.

Credits

Story by Jonathan Elliott

Hul’q’umi’num’ translation – Delores Louie

Hul’q’umi’num’ voice – Thomas Jones

Sound – Thomas Jones

Clip art – Joan Brown

Video – Sally Hart, Donna Gerdts

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