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Useful Inuktitut phrases

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

English ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ (Inuktitut)
Welcome ᑐᙵᓱ (Tunngahugit/Tunngasugit)
Hello ᐊᐃ (Ai) ᐊᐃᓐᖓᐃ (Ainngai)
How are you?

I'm fine, thanks. And you?
ᖃᓄᐃᐱᑦ (Qanuitpin/Qanuippit?)
ᖃᓄᐃᓐᖏ (Qaniungi)
ᖃᓄᐃᖑᑦᑐᖓ (Qanuinngittunga)
Long time no see ᑕᑯᓇᓵᕐᓇᑯᓂ (Takunahaarnakuni)
What's your name?

My name is ...
ᑭᓇᐅᕕᑦ? (Kinauvit?)
ᐅᕙᖓ ...ᐊᑎᕋ (Uvanga ...atira)
...ᐅᔪᖓ (...ujunga)
Where are you from?

I'm from ...
ᓱᒥᙶᖅᐱᑦ (Huminngaaqpin)
ᓇᑭᙶᖅᐱᑦ (Nakinngaaqpit)
...ᙶᖅᐳᖓ (...nngaaqpunga)
Pleased to meet you ᑲᑎᒐᒃᑭᑦ ᖁᕕᐊᓇᖅ (Katigatkit Quvianaq)
ᐊᓕᐊᓇᐃᖅ (Alianaiq)
Good morning ᐅᓪᓛᓴᒃᑯᑦ (Ublaahatkut/Ullaasakkut)
Good afternoon/evening ᐅᓐᓄᓴᒃᑯᑦ (Unnuhatkut/Unnusakkut)
Good night ᐅᓐᓄᓴᒃᑯᑦ (Unnuaqhatkut/Unnuaqsakkut)
Goodbye ᐃᓛᓂᓗ Ilaanilu
ᑕᓪᕙᐅᔪᑎᑦ Talvauyutin/Tagvauyutit
ᑕᕝᕙᐅᔪᑎᑦ (Tavvaujutit) - to one person
ᑕᕝᕙᐅᔪᓯ (Tavvaujusi) - to many people
ᐊᑦᓱᓇᐃ Atsunai
Good luck ᐊᔪᙱᒋᐊᕐᓗᑎᑦ (Ajunngigiarlutit)
Cheers/Good health! ᐃᓅᓯᖃᑦᓯᐊᖅ (Inuuhiqatsiaq/Inuusiqatsiaq)
Have a nice day ᐅᓪᓗᖃᑦᓯᐊᕆᑦ (Ubluqatsiarit/Ulluqatsiarit)
Bon appetit ᐊᑏ ᓂᕆᓕᖅᑕ (Atii niriliqta)
Bon voyage ᓈᒻᒪᒃᑦᓯᐊᕆᑦ (Naammaktsiarit)
I don't understand ᑐᑭᓯᓐᖏᑦᑐᖕ (Tukisinngittung)
Please speak more slowly ᐊᑏ ᐅᖄᓚᓗᐊᙱᓚᑎᑦ
(Atii uqaulahaluanngilutit/uqaalasaluanngilutit)
Please say it again ᐊᑏ ᐅᖃᒃᑲᓐᓂᕆᑦ Atii uqakkannirit
Can you please write it down? ᑎᑎᕋᖅᑑᓗᐊᖅᐱᐅᒃ? (Titiraqtuuluaqpiuk?)
Do you speak Inuktitut? ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑑᓲᖑᕖᑦ?
(Inuktituuhuunguvin?/Inuktituusuunguvit?)
How do you say ... in Inuktitut? ...ᓂ ... ᖃᓄᖅ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᖅᐱᑦ?
...ni ... qanuq uqauhiqaqpin?/uqausiqaqpit?
Excuse me ᐄᑯᓗ (Iikuluga)
How much does it cost? ᐅᓇ ᖃᑦᓯᑦ? (Una Qapsit/Qassit/Qatsit?)
Sorry ᐄᑯᓗᒃ (Iikuluk) ᐊᐃᑦᑖ (Aittaaq) ᓂᑲᔪᖅ (Nakujuq)
Thank you

Response
ᖁᔭᓇᐃᓐᓂ (Quyanainni) ᖁᐅᓇ (Quana) ᒪ'ᓇ (Ma'na)
ᖁᔭᓐᓇᒦᒃ (Qujannamiik) ᓇᑯᕐᒦᒃ (Nakurmiik)
ᐃᓛᓕ (Ilaali)
Where's the toilet? ᓇᐅᖕ ᐊᓇᕐᕕ (Naung anarvik?)
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything ᑕᐃᓐᓇ ᐊᖑᑦ ᐊᑭᓖᓂᖅᑐᔪᖅ
(Tainna angut akiliiniqtuyuq) - gentleman
ᑕᐃᓐᓇ ᐊᕐᓇᖅ ᐊᑭᓖᓂᖅᑐᔪᖅ
(Tainna arnaq akiliiniqtuyuq) - lady
Would you like to dance with me? ᒧᒥᓘ? (Mumirluu?)
I love you ᓇᒡᓕᒋᕙᒋᑦ Nagligivagit/Nalligivagit
Get well soon ᓈᒻᒪᖕᓂᖏᓚᓪᓚᑎᑦ (Naammangniluglutit)
Leave me alone! ᐊᖄ ᐊᕙᓂ (Aqaa avani)
Help!
Fire!
Stop!
ᐃᑲᔪᖅ! (Ikajuq!)
ᐃᑯᒪ! (Ikuma!)
ᐊᓱ! (Ahu!/Asu!)
Call the police! ᐳᑭᖅᑕ ᓖ ᓯᕙᓂᕐᒋᑦ Pukiqtaliit hivanirlugit!
ᐳᓖᓯ ᓯᕙᓂᕐᒋᑦ Puliisi sivanirlugit!
Merry Christmas ᑯᕕᐊᓇᒃ ᐃᓄᕕᐊ (Kuvianak Inovia)
Happy Birthday ᓇᓪᓕᐅᓂᖅᓯᐅᑦᓯᐊᕆᑦ (Nalliuniqsiutsiarit)
One language is never enough ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖅ ᐊᑕᐅᓯᖅ ᓈᒻᒪᔪᐃᑦᑐᖅ
(Uqauhiq atauhiq naammayuittuq /
Uqausiq atausiq naammajuittuq)
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
ᐅᒥᐊᕐᔫᑉ ᐳᓪᓕᓕᒫᐸᒐ ᑕᑦᑕᕐᓂᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᔭᖅ
(Umiaryuap Publimaaqpaga tattaurniq ammayaq /
Umiarjuap Pullimmaqpaga tattaurniq nimiraq)

Inuktitut translations provided by Halluuq Unqunqai

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Links

Other collections of phrases in Inuktitut (some with audio)
http://www.tooniktyme.com/inuktitut/inuktitut.html
http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/ks/5020_e.html
http://members.shaw.ca/kcic1/nunavut.html
http://www.realduesouth.net/Nation-InuitLanguage.htm

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