Help Wikitravel grow by contributing to an article! Learn how.

Inuktitut phrasebook

From Wikitravel
Jump to: navigation, search

Inuktitut is the name for the varieties of Inuit spoken in Canada. It is an Eskimo-Aleut language that known for being a language with lots of very long agglutinative words, owing to the fact that there are a very large number of infixes (parts of speech which modify the meaning of a word), but it does not have the same irregularities as Indo-European languages. There is also a rumour that the language has hundreds of different words for snow, in reality there are only four (these four are: spread-out snow - aput, snow like salt - pokaktok, newly-drifted snow - akelrorak and soft snow - mauyaôlertok). There are a few (not hundreds) of words relating to snow eg. snow block (auverk), igloo (iglu), snow knife (panar), snow on clothes, boots etc. (ayak).

Pronunciation Guide[edit]

Vowels[edit]

A a 
Like "a" in "cat".
E e 
Like "e" in "bet".
I i 
Like "ee" in "feet".
O o 
Like "o" in "hot".
U u 
Like "u" in "put".

Consonants[edit]

D d 
Like "d" in "dad".
G g 
Like "g" in "get".
J j 
Like "y" in "yet".
K k 
Like "k" in "oak".
L l 
Like "l" in "let".
M m 
Like "m" in "man".
N n 
Like "n" in "no".
P p 
Like "p" in "pan".
Q q 
Like "c" in "car".
R r 
Like "r" in "road".
S s 
Like "sh" in "shot".
T t 
Like "t" in "stop".
W w 
Like "w" in "wet".
Y y 
Like "y" in "yet".

Common dipthongs[edit]

kr 
Like "k" in "king" but pronounced deep in the throat. Like "cr" in "cream".
ng 
Like "ng" in "sing".
dlerk 
Like "ts lurk" in "cats lurk".

Phrase list[edit]

Common signs

OPEN 
Open
CLOSED 
Closed
ENTRANCE 
Entrance
EXIT 
Exit
PUSH 
Push
PULL 
Pull
TOILET 
Toilet
MEN 
Men
WOMEN 
Women
FORBIDDEN 
Forbidden


Hello. 
Ai. (Ey)
How are you? 
Qanuipit? (Kan-oo-ee-peet)
Fine, thank you. 
Qaniungi. (Kan-ee-oo-ngee)
What is your name? 
Kinauvit? (Keen-a-oo-veet?)
My name is ______ . 
Uvanga _____ativa (Oov-a-nga _____at-ee-va)
Thank you. 
Naqurmiik. (Nak-urm-eek)
You're welcome. 
Ilaali. (Eel-a-lee)
Yes. 
Î. (Ee)
No. 
Nakka. (Nak-a)
I'm sorry. 
Ogguarpunga. (Og-oo-ar-pu-nga)
Goodbye (to one person)
Tavvauvutit. (Tav-a-oov-oo-teet)

Good morning ulakut (oolaqut)

Goodbye (to many people)
Tavvauvusi. (Tav-a-oov-oo-see)
Help! 
Ikajunga! (Ee-ka-yu-nga!)
Good morning. 
Ulaakut. (Ool-ak-oot)
Good night. 
Unnukkut. (Oon-oo-koot)
I don't understand. 
Tukisinngittung. (Too-kees-ee-ng-toong)

Problems[edit]

Numbers[edit]

Numbers(system in the Greenlandic)[edit]

½ - helvä

0 - nul

1 - äts

2 - mare

3 - pen

4 - sisa

5 - tela

6 - arit

7 - arimare

8 - aripen

9 - arisisa

10 - gelu

11 - aqnat

12 - aqnamare

13 - aqnapen

14 - aqnasisa

15 - aqnatel

16 - asut

17 - asumare

18 - asupen

19 - asusisa

20 - marghi

30 - marghâtgelut

40 - penghi

50 - penghâtgelut

60 - sisughi

70 - sisughâtgelut

80 - telaghi

90 - telaghâtgelut

100 - hontrat

200 - mare-hontræt

500 - pen-hontræt

1000 - tuszint

2000 - mare-tuszænt

5000 - pen-tuszænt

10000 - gelu-tuszænt

100000 - huntrat-tuszænt

1000000 - äts-milyin

Time[edit]

Clock time[edit]

Duration[edit]

Days[edit]

Months[edit]

Writing time and date[edit]

Colors[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Bus and train[edit]

Directions[edit]

Taxi[edit]

Lodging[edit]

Money[edit]

Eating[edit]

Bars[edit]

Shopping[edit]

Driving[edit]

Authority[edit]

This phrasebook is an outline and needs more content. It has an introduction and a template, but there is not enough information present. Please plunge forward and help it grow!

Variants

Actions

Destination Docents

In other languages