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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
(General greeting)
Aluu (inf) Inuugujoq / Kutaa (frm)
Haluu - on phone
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?
My name is ...
Qanoq ateqarpit?
...imik ateqarpunga
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Pleased to meet you Nuanneq naapillutit
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Iterluarit / Kumoorn
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good night Sinilluarit (sg) Sinilluaritsi (pl) - lit. 'sleep well'
(Parting phrases)
Takuss' (see you)
Ajunnginniarna (farewell)
Inuulluarina (said to someone you won't see again)
Good luck Iluatitsilluarina/risi
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day Aluu! Ulloq naalluarniariuk!
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
I don't understand Paasinngilara / Paasinngilakkit
Please speak more slowly Arriitsumik oqalulaalit
Please write it down Qanoq akeqarpa?
Could you repeat that? Uteqqissinnaaviuk?
Do you speak Greenlandic?
Yes, a little
Kalaallit oqalusinnaavit?
Aap, immannguaq
Do you speak English? Tuluttut oqalusinnaavit?
I don't speak Greenlandic Kalaallisut oqalussinnaanngilanga
How do you say ... in Greenlandic? Qanoq Kalaallisut oqartarpisi?
Excuse me/Sorry Utoqqatsissutigaa / Patsit / Utoqqatserpunga
How much is this? Qanoq akeqarpa/t?
Please Ikinngutinnersumik
Thank you
Qujan / Qujanaq / Qujanarsuaq
Illillu (sg) Ilisillu (pl)
Where's the toilet? Naak W.C-ii?
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything Uuma Angutip/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 PÃ¥skisiorluarisi
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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