Indigenous Languages Words and Phrases

One way you can support Indigenous languages is by learning simple phrases such as “hi”, “my name is”, and “thank you” in the Indigenous language(s) of your community or region and sharing them at home, work, school, and in your community.

By learning and speaking Indigenous words you increase the visibility and awareness of Indigenous languages and the rich cultures of the north.

Hi, my name is...

Dëne Sųłıné

Ɂedlánet’e-a, sı sezı́ ... súlye

nēhiyawēwin

Tanisi, niwihowin ...

Dinjii Zhuʼ Ginjik

Dànch’ùh, ... vìlzhìi

Inuinnaqtun

Haluuqqagin, atira ...

Inuktitut

Ainngai, uvanga ... atira

Inuvialuktun

Aaqana, atira ...

Dene Kǝdǝ́

Negha dágǫ́ht’e, ... séredı

Dene Zhatıé

Negha dágǫndı́h, ... súzhe

Tłı̨chǫ

Dàąt'e, sı̨ ... sìyeh

Greetings

  Hello (i.e., how are you) Good Morning Thank You Welcome
Dene Kǝdǝ́     Negha Dágǫht’e Náhkale Máhsı Máhsı Hejǫ Raxets’é Ráwǝdǝ
Dëne Sųłıné Édlánet’é K’abidën Neba Huzų Nidé Mársı Mársı Ją Nuwe Ghą Núhdël
Dene Zhatıé Negha Dágǫndıh Ehtł’ǫǫ Gonezų Máhsı Máhsı Ejǫh Nahxe Tah Anet’ı̨
Dinjii Zhuʼ Ginjik Dànch’ùh Vahn Gwiinzii Hąį’ Shòh Hàh Aanàii
Inuinnaqtun Haluuqqagin Ublaami Quana Quana Qaigaffi
Inuktitut Ainngai Ullaakkut Qujannamiik, Nakurmiik Tungasugit
Inuvialuktun Aatituu (U), Aaqana (S) Uvlaami (U), Ublaami (S) Quyanainni Quvianaqtusi Qaigapsi
nēhiyawēwin tānisi miyo kikisepa kinanāskomitin tawaw
Tłı̨chǫ Edànetʼe / Dànetʼe K’omǫǫ̀dǫǫ̀ Hoı̨zı̨ Mahsı̀ / Ması̀ Sı̨nà, Jǫ Naxıghaèhda

My name is...

  My name is ___ I live in ___ I work as/at/for ___
Dene Kǝdǝ́ _____ séredı _____ nágwǝ _____ eghálaeda
Dëne Sųłıné Sı sezı́ _____ súlye _____ násthër _____ ha ɂeghálana
Dene Zhatıé _____ súzhe _____ náhnde _____ gha eghálaehnda
Dinjii Zhuʼ Ginjik _____ vìlzhìi _____ danh gwihch’inh _____ guuveenjit gwitr’it t’igwił’inh
Inuinnaqtun Atira _____ _____ inuuniarvinga _____mi havaktunga
Inuktitut Uvanga _____ atira Nunaqaqtunga tagvani _____ Sanajunga ukununga _____
Inuvialuktun Atira _____ _____ inuugama _____ savaqtuami
nēhiyawēwin niwihowin _____ ni’pimatisiwin _____ ni’atoskewin _____
Tłı̨chǫ Sı̨ _____ sı̀yeh _____ nàhde _____ gha eghàlaı̀dà

Holidays and Special Days/Months

  Merry Christmas Happy New Year Happy Valentine’s Day
Dene Kǝdǝ́ Tewe Yatı̨ Raxehé Gonezǫ́ Góyı̨ɂá Nı́dé - Dene Ełeghǫts’enetǫ (Valentine’s) Dzené Gonuzǫ́
Dëne Sųłıné Dzı̨nedhé Nuwexél Hǫzų Húdhër Nıdé - Ɂedzı́ Dzıd̨ Hé Neba Huzų Nıdé
Dene Zhatıé Tedhe Yıatı K’eh Nahxexéh Gonozų́ - Edzee Dzęne Ghagų́ht’e T’áh Goı̨nı́é
Dinjii Zhuʼ Ginjik Drin Tsal Zhit Shòh Ohłih Drin Choo Zhìt Zhòh Ohłìi Edrii Drin Zhìt Shòh Ohłih
Inuinnaqtun Quviahukluhi Quviahukvingmi Ukiuk Nutaaq Quviahukvik Quviahugiti Piqpangikkut Ubluani
Inuktitut ᕐᑯᕕᐊᓱᒡᕕᖕᒥ ᕐᑯᕕᐊᓱᓕᖅᑕ Ukiumi Nutaami Quviasugit Quviasugit Valnintain Naglingniup Ullungani
Inuvialuktun Quviahugluhi Qitchirvingmi (U), Quviasuglusi Qitchirvingmi (S) Nutaami Ukiumi Quviahugluhi (U), Nutaami Ukiumi Quviasuglusi (S) Quvianaqtuq Piqakkutim Uvluat
nēhiyawēwin - - -
Tłı̨chǫ - - -
  Happy Indigenous People’s Day! Happy Indigenous Languages Month! Happy International Mother Language Day!
Dene Kǝdǝ́ Máhsı Dene Wáke Ɂareyóné Dzı́né Ɂagǫ́ht’e! Denewá Kǝdǝ́ Káraɂa Zá Gonuzǫ́! Areyǫné Nę́nę́ Dene Nǫ Kǝdǝ́ Karaɂá Dzené Gonuzǫ́!
Dëne Sųłıné Dǫ́ Dëne Dzı̨́né Dëne Xá Xorélyą! Dëne Dedlıne Ts’ı̨ɂáné Beyatı Za Neba Huzų Nıdé! Harelyų́ Në́né Ts’ı̨ Dënexą Beyatı Dzı̨́ Neba Huzų Nıdé!
Dene Zhatıé Dı Ndéh K’eh Dene Hóozhı̨́ı̨ Kádeɂa Dzę Negha Gonozų́! Dene Zhatıe La, Nıhts’ı̨ Zaa K’éh Ǫt’é T’áh Goı̨nı́é! Azhǫ Ndéh K’éh Gomǫ Ts’ęh K’éh Dene Zhatıe Dzę Ǫt’é T’áh Goı̨nı́é!
Dinjii Zhuʼ Ginjik Tr’oochìt Gidilii Kat Diinagoo’ee Geenjit Shòh Goonlii Drìn! Dinjii Zhuh Ginjìk Gwisriinàn Zhìt Shòh Ohłih! Diihanh Ginjik Gwidrìn Zhìt Shòh Ohłih!
Inuinnaqtun Quviahukta Tamapta Inuuqatigiiktuanni Pitqusiptingni Ublumi! Quviahugiti Nanminiit Uqauhiita Tatqiqhiutaani! Quviahugiti Uqauhiit Nanminit Nunaryuami Ubluani!
Inuktitut Quviasuqataugit Nunaqaqtutuqait Inuqutigijait Ullungani! Quviasugit Nunalituqait Uqausituqalirivvingani Taqqirijammi! Quviasugit Nunarjualimaami Uqausituqarijauninginnut Ullurijami!
Inuvialuktun Quviahuglutin Tanngungitchuat Uvluani! Quvianaqtuq Tanngungitchuat Uqauhingata Uvluat! Quvianaqtuq Aakapta Nuunaaqhiqpak Ikaahaaqlugu Uqauhiata Uvluat!
nēhiyawēwin miyoweyihtam peyak’siht’wāwin kīsikaw ohci nistam kayās ayisiniwak! miywātamowin awı̄yak askehk etāh ka ohci opikit tansi ka isipikiskwehk pı̄sim! miywātamowin misiwete okāwimāw tansi ka isipikiskwehk kı̄sikāw!
Tłı̨chǫ Dene Sǫłı̨ Wedzę-Dè! Dǫne Sǫłı̨ Yatı̀ Zàa Gha Sı̨na! Hazǫ Ndè K’è Goyatı̀ Dzę Gha Sı̨na!