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Greetings & Farewells

In this lesson, I am showing two basic ways of greeting someone. One is the Aanii, which is very common, and the other is Bozhoo, which is more of a ceremonial greeting. Aanii can be used most of the time, for example, when answering the telephone. When you use Bozhoo, you have to see the person you are greeting and maybe even greet them with a handshake.

We don’t have a word for good-bye in our language. In our culture, we are taught that once you meet someone, they are always in your circle, so you don’t need to say good-bye.

When speaking about yourself, you always begin your word with an “N”, as in the pronoun niin. For example, the word for “I am fine” - “Nminoyaa”. If you want to say the word for “you are fine”, you say “Gminoyaa”, as in the pronoun giin. Also, the suffix “yin” is another form of “you” singular.

When you use the negative form “not”, you use the suffix “sii” in the word, even when you use the words kaa or kaawiin.

In English, when answering the question “what is your name?”, you would say your name first and then say, “is my name”. Also in English, I often hear people say, “I am so and so (name)”. If we in Anishinaabemowin want to say, “I am so and so” we would say, “I am Anishinaabe or Anishinaabe kwe”, then we would say our name.

 

Greetings

 

Responses

Aanii (casual)

Aanii (casual)

Bozhoo (ceremonial)

Bozhoo (ceremonial)

 

Hi or /hello

 

Hi or hello

       

Aaniish naa ezhiyaayin?

Nminoyaa gwa

 

How are you?

 

I am fine

Kaawiin gwa nminoyaasii

 

I am not fine

Ndaakwaz gwa

 

I am sick

Giin dash, aaniish naa ezhiyaayin?

 

And you, how are you?

       

Wegnesh ezhinikaazyin?

(name) ndizhinikaaz

 

What is your name?

 

(name) is my name

Giin dash, wegnesh ezhinikaazyin?

 

And you, what is your name?

       

Wegnesh maaba ezhinikaazat?

(name) wiin zhinkaaza

 

What is his/her name?

 

(name) is his/her name

       

Aanii piish enjebayin?

(place) ndojeba

 

Where are you from?

 

(place) is where I am from

Giin dash, aanii piish enjebayin?

 

And you, where are you from?

       

Aanii piish maaba enjebat?

(place) wiin jeba

 

Where is he/she from?

 

(place) is from

Aanii piish endaayin?

(place) ndindaa

 

Where do you live?

 

(place) is where I live

Giin dash, aanii piish endaayin?

 

And you, where do you live?

       

Aanii piish maaba endat?

(place) wiin daa

 

Where does he/she live?

 

(place) is where he/she lives

       
 

Farewells

 

Responses

Miigwech giibinbwaachiweyin

Ahaaw

 

Thank you for visiting with me

 

Okay

       

Wiingezin

Ahaaw, wiingezin gegii

 

Take it easy

 

Okay, you take it easy also