Useful phrases in Ojibwe

A collection of useful phrases in Ojibwe, an Algonquian language spoken in the parts of Canadian and the USA.

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal

English Anishinaabemowin / ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᒧᐎᓐ (Ojibwe)
Welcome Biindigen (Come in / Welcome)
Hello (General greeting) Aniin (inf)
Bozhoo (frm)
Aanish inaa? (frm)
How are you? Aaniish naa ezhiyaayin?
Aaniin ezhi-ayaayan? Aaniin enamanji’oyan?
Reply to 'How are you?' Nminoyaa gwa (I'm fine)
Nimino-ayaan (I'm fine)
Nimino-ayaa (I'm well)
Kaawiin gwa nminoyaasii (I'm not well/fine)
Gaawiin nimino-ayaasiin (I am not good)
Nimaanendam (I feel bad)
Nimaanendaan (I feel bad about that)
Long time no see Mewinzha gaa-ako-waabaminaan
What's your name? Wegnesh ezhinkaazyin?
Aaniin ezhinikaazoyan?
My name is ... ... ndizhinikaaz
... (n)nindizhinikaaz
... (n)indigoo
Where are you from? Aanii piish enjebayin?
Aaniini wenjibaayan?
I'm from ... ... ndojeba
... (n)indoonjibaa
... (n)indoonjiin
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Mino gigizheb ("It's a good morning")
Mino-gigizhebaagwad ("It's a good morning")
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Mino giizhigad ("It's a good day")
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Mino dibikad ("It's a good night")
Good night
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Giga-waabamin menawaa (See you again)
Giga-waabamin naagaj (See you later)
Nagaj apii (Later)
Baanimaa apii (Later sometime)
Baamaapii
Wiingezin (Take it easy - casual)
Good luck! Ambegish ji-onwaaziwiyamban (I wish you to be lucky)
Jejiikn (Be lucky)
Onwaazin (Be good luck)
Gidoojiibikoon gidaa-pimaaji’otoon (Carry your root)
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Minobiidaa! (Cheers!)
Ayaa! (It is!)
Have a nice day Minawaanigozin isa yo’ow giizhigad
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Miijidaa! ("Let's eat!")
Wiisinin (Eat)
Naanaagajimiiji’iwen. (Think of you eating)
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Aangwaamaadaadizin (Careful journey)
I understand Ninisidotam
I don't understand Namanj iidog
Gaawiin ninisidotaanziin
Yes Enh
Enya
No Kaa
Gaawiin
Gego bina (Don't touch)
Gego (Don't)
Maybe Maagizhaa gaye
Ganabaj iidog
Please speak more slowly Zhoobi nitaawen
Zhoobi Daga nitaawen
Please say that again Ikidon miinawaa
Zhoobi (Daga) ikidon aabiding miinawaa
Please write it down Zhoobi (Daga) ozhibii’igen. (Please write)
Zhoobi (Daga) maajibii’igen. (Please start wtiting)
Do you speak English? Ginitaa-zhaganaashiim ina?
Do you speak Ojibwe? Gdi-anishnaabem-na?
Ginitaa-ojibwem ina?
Gidoojibwem ina?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Enh, ndi anishnabem bangii eta go
Enh, ninitaa-ojibwem bangii eta go
Eya, nindoojibwem bangiishenh
Speak to me in Ojibwe Ojibwemotawishin
How do you say ... in Ojibwe? Aaniish ekidoyan Ojibwemong ?
Excuse me Zhoobi (Daga) zhawenimishin (Pity me)
How much is this? Aaniin minik?
Aaniish minik?
Sorry
Please Daga
Thank you Miigwech
Chi-miigwech
Reply to thank you Miiwe (That's it)
Miiyiw (That's it)
Inaa go naa (So is so)
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Aanindi eteg zaaga’amoowigamig ’iw?
Aanindi eteg miiziiwigamig ’iw?
Aanindi eteg Endazhi-kiziibigininjiinan ’iw?
This gentleman will pay for everything Niwii-adaawetamig ’ow isa win
This lady will pay for everything Niwii-adaawetamig ’ow isa win
Would you like to dance with me? Nindaa-wiijishimotawidiyamban ina?
I miss you
I love you Gi zah gin
Gizaagi’in (To a partner or child)
Gizhawenimin (to everyone)
Get well soon
Go away! Awas
Maajaan
Danaseg boozhoo, boozhoo, maajaan, maajaan (a saying)
Leave me alone! Boonishin!
Help! Wiidokawishin!
Fire! Aataayaa!
Ishkodemagad zhayegwa! Azhigwa!
Azhigo!
Noongom!
Stop! Ishkwaataan!
Call the police! Gookoosh madwewen!
Christmas greetings Minobii Niibaa Anama’e Giizhiigad
New Year greetings Minawaanigozi Oshki Biboon
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings Mino-dibishkaan
One language is never enough Gaawiin gwechimagasinoon ji-ayaang inwewin igo bezhig
My hovercraft is full of eels
It's hot today Gizhaatemgat nangwaa
Giizhigaatemagad noongom
It's raining today Gmiwaan nangwaa
Gimiwan noongom
It's cold today Ksinaamgat nangwaa
Gisinaamagad noongom
This is not good weather Niiskaadad
Nishkaadad
This weather isn't bad Gaawiin niiskaadasinoon
This is fair weather Anwaatin
This isn't nice weather Gaawiin anwaatinzinoon
I'm hungry Ninoondezgade
Ninoondeskade
Nimbakade
Ninoondewiisin
Are you hungry? Ginoondezgade na?
Ginoondeskade na?
Nimbakade na?
Ninoondewiisin ina?
He's hungry Noondezgade
Noondeskade wiin a’aw
Bakade wiin a’aw
Where are you going? Aaniindi ezhaayin?
What kind? Awenish dinowa?
Come with me Ambe daga wiijiiwishin

Recordings and some phrases provided by Allison L, Chris Cadeau and E Halverson

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 Ojibwe phrases
http://www.ojibwe.org/home/pdf/ojibwe_beginner_dictionary.pdf
http://www.nativetech.org/shinob/ojibwelanguage.html

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