Inuktitut Our Language

InuktitutLearning new languages is always fun and interesting. Inuktitut is a language varied by many dialects and there are differences by the region and even between communities. Here are some words and phrases that you would find in everyday life presented in English and Inuktitut. There are links included below as well to learn more about Inuktitut for those who wish to learn more.  Inuit write in something called syllabics. Click here  to download syllabics chart of the alphabet. (Adobe PDF File size: 452k)  Don't have acrobat download it get.adobe.com/reader/

Inuktitut is the name of some of the Inuit languages spoken in Canada. It is spoken in all areas north of the tree line, including parts of the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, to some extent in northeastern Manitoba as well as the territories of Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and traditionally on the Arctic Ocean coast of Yukon.

It is recognised as an official language in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. It also has legal recognition in Nunavik—a part of Quebec—thanks in part to the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, and is recognised in the Charter of the French Language as the official language of instruction for Inuit school districts there. It also has some recognition in Nunatsiavut—the Inuit area in Labrador—following the ratification of its agreement with the government of Canada and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Canadian census reports that there are roughly 35,000 Inuktitut speakers in Canada, including roughly 200 who live regularly outside of traditionally Inuit lands. Source - Wikipedia under the creative commons license.

You can also find more about syllabics relating to Inuit language at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inuktitut_syllabics

For more about Inuktitut visit the Uqausivut program page at the Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre.

You can also check out Tusaalanga Inuktitut online at http://www.tusaalanga.ca/

You will see below several common words and phrases, as well as common animals, objects etc.  You will see the words in English and Roman Orthography to make them easier to pronounce. The second chart also offers the phonetic variations to make them even simpler. Start off with this simple list of the days of the week. Then you can read further in the tables that follow.

Sunday - Naattingujaq
Monday  - Naggajjau
Tuesday  - Aippiq
Wednesday - Pingatsiq
Thursday  - Tisammiq
Friday  - Tallirmiq
Saturday  - Naattingujalaarniaq
 

English Inuktitut
Soap Uasaut
Toilet Qurvik
Door Ma tu
Books Uqalimaagat
Magazines Qimirruagait
Sink Uasarvik
Chair Itsivautaq
Couch Itsivautakutaak
Window Igalaaq
Bathroom Anarvik
Mirror Tarraqtuuti
Desk Titiraqvik
Table Nirrivik
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

English Inuktitut Phonetics
How are you? Qanuipit? Ka-nwee-peet?
I am fine Qanuingittunga Ka-nweeng-ni-toon-ga
What is your name? Kinauvit? Kee-nau-veet?
Do you understand? Tukisiviit? Too-kee-see-veet?
Thank you Qujannamiik Coo-yan-na-mee-ick
That’s all Taima Tay-ma
You are welcome Ilaali Ee-lah-li
I am hungry Kaatunga Kak-toon-ga
I am cold Qiuliqtunga Key-u-lick-toon-ga
Help ! Ikajunga ! Ick-eang-nak-took
Did you make this? Una sanajait? Oo-na san-ai-yate?
How many? Qatsiit? Cat-seet?
Yes Ii Ee
No Aakka or Aagaa Ah-ka or ah-gah
Maybe Atsuuli At-soo-lee
What is it? Una suna? Oo-na soo-na?
Goodbye(to one person) Tavvauvutit Tah-vow-voo-teet
Goodbye to you all Tavvauvusi Tah-vow-voo-see
Good Morning Ulaakut Oo-lah-coot
Good Afternoon Unusakut Oo-nah-sa-coot
Good Evening Unukut Oo-new-coot
Me too Uvangatau Oo-va-naw-taa-u
Come here Qaigit K-eye-geet
Spouse or partner Aippaq Eye-puck
Son Irniq Ear-nick
Daughter Panik Pa-nick
Sun Siqiniq Sick-awn-nick
Sled Qamutik Caw-moo-tick
Walrus Aiviq Eye-vick
Polar Bear Nanuq Naa-nook
Walrus Aiviq Eye-vick
Seal Nattiq Naa-tick
Caribou Tuktu Took-two
Arctic Char Iqaluk Ick-ka-look
Arctic Squirrel Siksik Sick-sick
Dog Qimmik Kim-mick
Lemming Avinngaq Ah-ving-ack
Musk Ox Umimmak Oom-mim-mack
Wolf Amaruq Um-ma-rook
Rabbit Ukaliq Ew-ka-lick