Inuktitut phrasebook

From Wikitravel
Revision as of 15:55, 13 April 2008 by Gherkinmad (Talk | contribs) (Pronunciation Guide)

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

Vowels

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

B b 
Like "b" in "bead".
C C 
Like "c" in "car".
D d 
Like "d" in "dad".
F f 
Like "f" in "fortune".
G g 
Like "g" in "get".
H h 
Like "h" in "hand".
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". -