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Week 1. Overview


During the first week you will learn:


  • to use the present tense of the verb.   In order to use the present tense you will also need to learn: 1) the personal pronouns; 2) how to distinguish and use the direct object of the verb; 3) where the verb goes in the sentence, and the durative form of the verb.

  • to ask and answer basic yes/no questions

  • 50 high frequency vocabulary words

  • to elicit new verb vocabulary by asking and answering the question “What are you doing?

  • Some basic greetings


In doing so you will also make progress in certain life skill areas included in the USDE FLAS language goals.  These include:

  • The ability to respond and engage politely with beginning level greetings.

  • The ability to talk say what family members you have and to ask others about their family members.

  • The ability to order a meal in a restaurant

  • Beginning ability to keep a conversation going by saying "ok., yes, really?, etc"


On Thursday a link to test Test 1 will open.   Please download the test, take it and send it to your instructor by Friday morning. 

    The present tense.  The verb ana “to be”.   Personal pronouns.



     Pronouns (Quizlet)

     Present tense (Quizlet) 

     Questions and answers in third person singular (present or present perfect). 

     Questions in third person plural. 

     Questions in 2nd person plural with answers in 1st person plural (present or present perfect).

     Possessive suffix -yuk

     Yes/No Questions with -yuk

     Kinship terms   (Quizlet exercise)

     Family and kinship terms for consanguineal (blood) relations.

     Asking questions about family.  Telling about one’s family with charina ‘to have’ and direct object marker –ta, and possessive marker -yuk

     Use of the Present Tense with Object Markers (PowerPoint)      

     Practice 1 (Napo dialect): Questions about relatives using -yuk, -cha, ana+2nd pers; Answers with mana+ pers. 

     Chapter 3, Practice 1 (Pastaza dialect): Questions about relatives using -yuk, -cha, ana+2nd pers; Answers with mana+ pers. 

     Questions and answers about relatives using -charina, with -chu and -mi; Answers with mana+ 1st pers.

Vocabulary 1

Test 1

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