Unangam Tunuu

Voices and Sounds of Unangan
Speak, Listen, Teach Lessons

Unangan Tunuu is a set of tools and resources for Unangan speakers and learners, including: dictionary, survival phrases, books & songs, flashcards and SLT Rides.

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Ways of Life: Tools, Beliefs, Practices of Unangan

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Speak, Listen, Teach Techniques (TQs) Explained

Speak, Listen, Teach   Lessons Explained     Techniques (TQs) Explained

Techniques (TQs)-What Are They?

Say you are playing the game Hide and Seek.  You are hiding right next to your buddies but since the person that is It is within hearing range, you cannot even whisper to warn them that they might be found because if you do, It, might hear you and find you.  And you don’t want to be it!  Hiding is way too fun! Too bad you and your buddies don’t know sign language.  Signing sure would be a handy communication technique to have right about now.  You could signal your friends without having noisy words coming out of your mouth.  But no way are you sacrificing your hiding spot for them!  Okay, back to the point, which is, hand signing is a prettyhandy’ (no pun intended) communication technique or TQ to possess. And it is pretty handy in the WAYK method of language learning. You can communicate with others by using TQs-hand signs-in aride, without resorting to speaking, and speaking English, in this case.  After all this is about learning Unangam Tunuu.


‘Rides’ will be explained but for now think of a ride as getting together with others to speak with, listen to, and teach each other words and phrases. The ultimate rule in all of this, other than the fun of getting together is speaking Unangam Tunuu here and now. Signing is quite handy when your purpose is to speak and stay in Unangam Tunuu as often as possible in order to keep it alive.  Say you want to let others in a ride know to repeat what you say three times, without actually saying, “Repeat after me three times.”  Or maybe you did not hear what was said to you and you want the person to ‘say it again.’  Generally, hand-signed TQs makes it possible to communicate without vocalizing.  You and your fellow riders can get points across to each other with hand signs and not have to speak English.  Again, the whole point here is to allow your mind and mouth to stay in Unangam Tunuu while you all ride a lesson together. TOs do just that and are pretty self explanatory, handy, and easy to learn and use after only a few tries.


There are two ways to use TQs in rides.

1) Instructional TQs are specific to instructing what to do with a word or phrase in a ride and whose turn is next.  These TQs are-All of you, My turn/your turn, Monkey me, Say it three times, Say it once, Again, Enough (or finished), and Your turn.

2) Secondary TQs are used to communicate your needs or status without speaking English – Louder, Faster, Slower, Say it again, I’m done, I’m full, this is over my head, and so on.