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Inuktitut phrasebook

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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

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

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

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)
Nice to meet you. 
Nice to meet you. (NIGHSS t' meet YOO)
Please. 
Please. (pleez)
Thank you. 
Naqurmiik. (Nak-urm-eek)
You're welcome. 
Ilaali. (Eel-a-lee)
Yes. 
Î. (Ee)
No. 
Nakka. (Nak-a)
Excuse me. (getting attention
Excuse me. (ehkz-KYOOZ mee)
Excuse me. (begging pardon
Excuse me. (ehkz-KYOOZ mee)
I'm sorry. 
Ogguarpunga. (Og-oo-ar-pu-nga)
Goodbye (to one person)
Tavvauvutit. (GUHD-bigh)
Goodbye (to many people)
Tavvauvusi. (BIGH)
I can't speak name of language [well]. 
I can't speak English [well]. (IGH cant speek ING-lush [wehl])
Do you speak English? 
Do you speak English? (doo YOO speek ING-lush?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
Is there someone here who speaks English? (IZ thayr SUM-wun heer hoo speekz ING-lush?)
Help! 
Help! (HEHLP!)
Look out! 
Look out! (look OWT!)
Good morning. 
Good morning. (guhd MOAN-ing)
Good evening. 
Good evening. (guhd EEV-ning)
Good night. 
Good night. (guhd NIGHT)
Good night (to sleep
Good night. (good NIGHT)
I don't understand. 
I don't understand. (IGH doan UHN-dur-STAND)
Where is the toilet? 
Where is the toilet? (WAYR iz thuh TOY-leht?)

Problems

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Time

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Duration

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Transportation

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Directions

Taxi

Lodging

Money

Eating

Bars

Shopping

Driving

Authority

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