How to Speak Wenja: Jayma’s scenes

Today we’ll look at Jayma’s scenes, a bad-ass hunter who teaches you the art of beast hunting.

Jayma is played by the amazing Ayisha Issa, who is a very kind and funny lady — but don’t mess with her, she’s also an expert in Brazilian jiu jitsu. Super stoked about her appearing in Dark Matter, season 3.

Meeting Jayma

Takkar :

Apa, apa!
Back, back!

Jayma:

Ta Winja.
You Wenja.
You’re (a) Wenja.

Tu-ta yuwanka. Chlawta…. Majish padi mamaf-way.
So-you young, loud… big feet mammoth-like
You’re young, loud… big feet like mammoth

Dwa sashwalim hars salkamas.  Shitawgata.
Two suns-for bear track-we. Frighten-you.
We track a bear for two suns. You scared him away.

Dwa sashwalim sam harsi? Hars hafchu waydam – kwati salka daycham.
Two suns-for one bear-for? Bear fast find-I – how to-track show-I
Two suns for one bear? I find bear fast – show you how to track.

Majish warshta mamaf padiyi. U kwati salka… daysh.
Big words mammoth feet-for. IMP how to-train … show.
Big words for Mammoth Feet. Show us how to track.

Aysh hars waydata.. tushi gwash.
Should bear find-you.. quiet walk
If you find the bear – walk softly.

On the Hunt

Jayma:

Su wanman, Mamaf Padi. 

Good hunt, Mammoth Feet.
Good hunt, Mammoth Feet.
(Every time I hear “Mamaf Padi” I imagine Jayma pinching Takkar’s cheeks)

Tiyi, gwar cham-chamsha dahamas. Shlangwi gwan dafmas.
For-you, beast super-tired make-we. Easy kill give-we.
We tire the beast for you. Give you easy kill.

 

Tall Elk (1:40)

 
Jayma:

 

 

 

Wantar hafchu fakwi daws. Na ya alya pacharsh, pacha daws..

 

Hunter fast eyes needs. Not what other see-they, to-see needs.
A hunter needs fast eyes. Must see what others do not see.
(Tricky construction in second sentence, literally, “That which others do not see, he needs to see.”)
(Also: This first sentence was the actors favorite sentence in the game. They always said it sounded like, “Wantar have to fuck with us.”)
Gwardu fakwi sashwal daws. Kuspa jaw dwayarsh. Ku, ti-fakwi kuspa dwayarsh?
Slow eyes sun need. Night sky fear-they. QUESTION, your-eyes night fear-they?
Slow eyes need the sun. They fear night skies. Do your eyes fear the night?
(Since Jayma is giving animacy to the eyes within her story, she uses the -rsh for plural agreement in the verb.)
 
Takkar :
Kwayda wanam, nam jaw nakwayda shwada.
When hunt-I, not-me sky never tells.
The sky never tells me when to hunt.
 
Jayma:

 

 

 

Mamaf Padi, um ti-fakwi wantaris daysh.

 

Mammoth Feet, COMMAND-me your-eyes hunter-of… show.
Show me your hunter’s eye, Mammoth Padi.
 
Kuspas, barju halchi hada, chawhisu chawda. U sa wayda, nu si-charu hinacha.
Nights, tall elk eats, shadows-in hides. COMMAND him find, and his-antlers seize.
The tall elk feeds at night, hides in shadows. Find him and take his antlers.
(I freakin’ love how Jayma says “hinacha” here.)
 
Epic Hunt Intro

Jayma:

Tiyi nawashnas kawti, Mamaf Padi.
You-to baby-of skin, Mammoth Feet.
You have skin of a baby, Mammoth Feet..

Dwaynwal.
Direwolf

Majish Hars.
Great Bear

 

Takkar :

Ti-kansham gwar-gwardu hafchu gwari.
Your legs slow-slow fast beasts-for .
And your legs are too slow for fast beasts.

Jayma:

Haskawantar hafchu gwar sansha, majish gwar.

Master-hunter fast beast seeks, great beast.

A master hunter seeks the fast beast, the great beast.

Ku, tisu haskawantar?
QUESTION, you-in master-hunter?

Is a master hunter in you?

Majish gwar Urusim shalarsh. U arsh-maji shayu madi. Balti hinacha tu haskawantar buha.
Great beast Oros roam. COMMAND their-great spirits face. Strength seize so-that master hunter become.

Great beasts roam Oros. Face their mighty spirits. Take their strength and become the master hunter.

 

Farewell



(All the feels!)

Jayma:

Winja bal shawga. Nu cham-chamsham.
Wenja strong grow. Now RED-become.tired-I.
The Wenja grow strong. Now I become really tired.

Palhu mansi tiyi manarsh, Takkar
Many moon for.you wait-they, Takkar
Many moons wait for you Takkar.

Takkar :

Wanmas… samsam.
Hunt-we… together.
We hunt together.

Jayma:

 

Mam chlawta mamaf padi shitawga
But-me loud mammoth feet scare
Loud mammoth feet scare me.

Ta Winja daws, Haskawantar.
You Wenja need, Master hunter.
The Wenja need you. A master hunter.

Mi-sashwalim supima, shwadarha shwasam.
My-suns-through last, animals-with dwell-I.
I spend my last suns with the animals.

(This sentence is about the closest we have to a Wenja tongue twister.)

 

4 thoughts on “How to Speak Wenja: Jayma’s scenes

  1. Winja bal shawga. Nu cham-chamsham.
    You Wenja.
    You're (a) Wenja.

    Palhu mansi tiyi manarsh, Takkar
    So-you young, loud… big feet mammoth-like
    You're young, loud… big feet like mammoth

    Errata?

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