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Useful phrases in Chipewyan

A collection of useful phrases in Chipewyan, a Northern Athabaskan language spoken in parts of northern Canada

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Phrase Dënesųłıné (Chipewyan)
Welcome Hóʔą ("there's room")
Hello (General greeting) ʔédlánet’é
Hello (on phone)
How are you? ʔédlánet’é?
Reply to 'How are you?'
Long time no see
What's your name? ʔedlánet’é ɂá?
My name is ... Si ... Húshye
Where are you from? ʔédlók’é náɂęddhér ɂá?
I'm from ... ... hots’į hast’į
Pleased to meet you Sínié si neghą níníyá
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
K’abį́ nezų
ʔédúhų́n k’ą́mbį́ ɂedlánet’é
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
ʔédúhų́n dzídisítł’ą́ghé ɂedlánet’é
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Horélyą náheɁą
Nánést’į nįndé nesdhen
Good night K’ą́mbį́ Nánést’į nįndé nesdhen
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Nanest’į losą́
Nánést’į nįndé nesdhen
Good luck!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
I understand
I don't understand Súgharestth’įle
Nénéresnįhilé sí
Yes ʔę́n
No ʔį́lé
Maybe
I don't know K’óshįle á
Please speak more slowly Ts’ethįé Dene á yanexti
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak English? Yánełtí húsą́ Tthót’įné?
Do you speak Chipewyan?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Speak to me in Chipewyan Dene t’á seł yanełti walí ósą́?
How do you say ... in Chipewyan? Dene t’á edlahodi ʔá?
Excuse me ʔarélá
How much is this? Sínié si neghą níníyá
Sorry
Please ʔésǫ́t’éhilé hú
Thank you Mársi
Marsi tchógh
Dégharé marsi nénesdhen
Reply to thank you Sughuá hásįlá
Where's the toilet?
This gentleman will pay for everything
This lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me?
I miss you
I love you
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Help!
Fire!
Stop!
Call the police!
Christmas and New Year greetings
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings Nedzįné k’é nebá súghuá nį́dé nésdhen!
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels
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More collections of Chipewyan phrases
http://www.firstvoices.com/en/Dene/phrase-books
http://www.endangeredlanguages.com/lang/1689/guide/6478

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