A collection of useful phrases in Innu (Innu-aimun), a Central Cree language spoken in Newfoundland, Labrador and Quebec in eastern Canada. It is also known as Montagnais.
Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).
|Hello (General greeting)||Kuei
|Hello (on phone)|
|How are you?||Tan eshpanin?|
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Nimishta-minupan (I'm great)|
|Long time no see|
|What's your name?||Tan eshinikashin?|
|My name is ...||... nitishinikashun|
|Where are you from?||Tanite uetshin?|
|I'm from ...||... nutshin|
|Pleased to meet you|
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Have a nice day|
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|I don't know||Apu tshissenitaman|
|Do you understand?|
|I don't understand|
|Please speak more slowly|
|Please say that again|
|Please write it down|
|Do you speak English?|
|Do you speak Innu?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Do you speak a language
other than Innu?
|Speak to me in Innu|
|How do you say ... in Innu?|
|How much is this?||Tan ishpish?|
|Reply to thank you|
|Where's the toilet / bathroom?|
|This gentleman will pay for everything|
|This lady will pay for everything|
|Would you like to dance with me?|
|Do you come here often?|
|I miss you|
|I love you||Tshemenuadeden (I love you)
Tsheshuenemeden (I love you a lot)
|Get well soon|
|Leave me alone!|
|Call the police!|
|New Year greetings|
|One language is never enough|
|My hovercraft is full of eels|
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