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yewál kw’as la kw’íyeqel

First you mountain climb illustrations

Yewál kw’as la kw’íyeqel means ‘first you climb‘.

Literally it means: ‘First (thing is that) you go mountain climb/rock climb’.

Audio: Elizabeth Herrling

Vocabulary and Structure

This phrase has the following structure:

Illustration showing structure of phrase


  • Yewálfirstfirst
  • Kw’as(that) you, (it is that) you
  • Kw’íyto climb, to rise upIllustration for 'to climb'
  • Kw’íyeqelto mountain climb, rock climbIllustrations for 'to mountain climb'

Note: kw’as literally means ‘that you’, but in this case it translates just as ‘you’.Halq’eméylem expresses the same meaning as English ‘first you climb’, but they use a somewhat different structure to say it. You could think of the structure of the sentence as being closer to: ‘First (thing is that) you mountain climb’.

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