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Baabiitonaa wii Minokamig (Waiting for Spring)


1. Wenesh ensa ganagazid?
What is the date?
What is the date?

2. Maadagizod noongwa.
It's the start of the month today.
Today is the start of the month.

3. Niizh giizhigad noongwa, Mkwa-giizis.
Tuesday is today, of the Bear Moon (February).
Today is Tuesday, February.

4. G'wii Gookajiish-giizhigadkemi waabang.
We will make it Groundhog Day tomorrow.
We will celebrate Groundhog Day tomorrow.

5. Wenesh geyabi minik giizhigadoon jibwa minokamig?
How still many days before spring?
How many days before spring?

6. Gookajiish-giizhigad noongwa.
It is Groundhog Day today.
It is Groundhog Day today.

7. Gii waamdaan endigwenh ji kaajigeshing.
Was looking if he is in his shadow.
He was looking to see if he sees his shadow.

8. Gookajiish gii kaajigeshkwaan waabaganoojiinsan.
Groundhog did cast a shadow over a mouse.
The groundhog cast a shadow over a mouse.

9. Gii bi zaagadooded endaad.
Did here crawl out of his home.
He crawled out of his home.

10. Gii bi zaagadooded waanzhensing.
Did here crawl out of his little den.
He crawled out of his little den.

11. Mkwa geyabi nibaa do'waanzhing.
Bear still sleeps in his den.
Bear is still sleeping in his den.

12. Paaskadiiyenh Phil ezhinkaazo gookajiish.
Punxatawney Phil he is called, the groundhog.
The groundhog is called Punxatawney Phil.

13. Giishpin waamdizo kaajigeshing mii geyabi ingodwaas name-giizhigad wii gaboonchii'ing.
If he sees himself in his shadow then still six weeks will be winter.
If he sees his shadow there will be six more weeks of winter.

14. Gabe boon zaagakshin miidash Minokamig zaageid miinwa madnandang.
All winter he hibernates then in Spring he comes out and wakes up hungry.
He hibernates all winter and then in Spring he comes out and wakes up hungry.

15. Gookajiishag wiishkishewag pii wii wiijiwaandiwaad Minokamig.
Groundhogs whistle when will they mate in Spring.
Groundhogs whistle when they mate in Spring.

16. Wiinanake gookajiish.
He digs in the dirt the groundhog.
Groundhog digs in the dirt.

17. Wiinanakewag gookajiishag.
They dig in the dirt the groundhogs.
Groundhogs dig in the dirt.
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