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Useful Greenlandic phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Greenlandic. Click on the English phrases to see them in many other languages.

Key to abbreviations: sg = said to one person, pl = said to two or more people

English Kalaallisut (Greenlandic)
Welcome Tikilluarit
Tikilluaritsi
Hello
(General greeting)
Aluu (inf)
Inuugujoq
Kutaa
(frm)
Hello (on phone) Haluu
How are you? Qanoq ippit?
Qanorippit?
Ajunngilatit?
Ajunngi?
Reply to 'How are you?' Ajunngilanga. Illimmi qanoq ippit?
Long time no see Qangali takugakkit
What's your name? Qanoq ateqarpit?
My name is ... ...imik ateqarpunga
Where are you from? Suminngaaneerpit?
I'm from ... ...minngaaneerpunga
Pleased to meet you Nuanneq naapillutit
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Iterluarit
Kumoorn
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Inuugujaq
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Inuugujaq
Good night Sinilluarit (sg)
Sinilluaritsi (pl) - lit. 'sleep well'
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Takuss' (see you)
Ajunnginniarna (farewell)
Inuulluarina (said to someone you won't see again)
Ajunngikkina
Good luck Iluatitsilluarina/risi
Cheers!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Kasuutta!
Have a nice day Aluu!
Ulloq naalluarniariuk!
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Nerilluarisi
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Angalalluarina
I don't understand Paasinngilara
Paasinngilakkit
Paasisinnaannginnakkummi
Please speak more slowly Arriitsumik oqalulaalit
Please write it down Qanoq akeqarpa?
Please say that again Uteqqissinnaaviuk?
Do you speak English? Tuluttut oqalusinnaavit?
Do you speak Greenlandic? Kalaallit oqalusinnaavit?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Aap, immannguaq
I don't speak Greenlandic Kalaallisut oqalussinnaanngilanga
How do you say ... in Greenlandic Qanoq Kalaallisut oqartarpisi?
Excuse me Utoqqatsissutigaa
Patsit
Utoqqatserpunga
How much is this? Qanoq akeqarpa/t?
Sorry Utoqqatsissutigaa
Patsit
Utoqqatserpunga
Please Ikinngutinnersumik
Thank you Qujan
Qujanaq
Qujanarsuaq
Reply to thank you Illillu (sg)
Ilisillu (pl)
Where's the toilet? Naak W.C-ii?
This gentleman will pay for everything Uuma Angutip tamaasa akilissavai
This lady will pay for everything Uuma Arnap tamaasa akilissavai
Would you like to dance with me? Qiteqatigerusuppingaa?
I love you Asavakkit
Get well soon Iluarsilluarina
Leave me alone! Tassa eller asu!
Help! Ikiunnga!
Ikiortissannik!
Call the police! Politiimik kalerriigitsi!
Politiinut sianerit/tsi!
Christmas and New Year greetings Juullimi Ukiortaassamilu Pilluarit (sg)
Juullimi Ukiortaassamilu Pilluaritsi (pl)
Easter greetings Påskisiorluarisi
Birthday greetings Inuuinni Pilluarit
One language is never enough Oqaatsit ataasiinnaat naammanngillat
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Umiatsiaasara pullattagaq nimerussanik ulikkaarpoq

Corrections and translations by Angutimmarik Joelsen, and recordings by Jan Jurčík

Please note that most of the recordings on this page were made by a non-native speaker of Greenlandic. If you are a native speaker and could make better recordings, or know a native speaker who could do so, please contact me.

If you would like to make any corrections or additions to this page, or if you can provide recordings, please contact me.

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Links

Other collections of phrases in Greenlandic
http://www.boomspeed.com/lckmctighe/greenlandic.html
http://brazil1500.tripod.com/wodlingos/id33.html
http://www.greenland.com/en/about-greenland/kultur-sjael/sprog/audio-parloer.aspx

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