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Useful phrases in Cree

A collection of useful phrases in Cree, an Algonquin language spoken mainly in Canada.

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Phrase ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᐣ / Nēhiyawēwin (Cree)
Welcome ᑕᐋᐧᐤ (Tawâw)
ᑕᑕᐊᐧᐤ (Tatawaw)
ᒥᔪᑌᐦ ᑲ ᐃᐧᓴᒥᐦᐟ ᐊᐄᐧᔭᐠ (Miyoteh ka wisamiht awîyak)
Hello (General greeting) ᑕᓂᓯ (Tanisi)
ᐙᒋᔮ (Waachiyaa)
Hello (on phone)
How are you? ᑕᓂᓯ (Tanisi)
Reply to 'How are you?' ᓇᒧᔭ ᓇᐣᑐᐤ. ᑭᔭ ᒪᑲ (Namoya nantow. Kiya maka?)
ᐋᑯᑖᐦ (Aakutaah)
Long time no see
What's your name? ᐊᐏᓇ ᑭᔭ (Awina kiya?)
ᑖᓐ ᐋᓯᓂᐦᑳᓱᔨᓐ (Taan aasinihkaasuyin?)
My name is ... ᓂᓯᐦᑲᓱᐣ ... (Nisihkason ...)
ᓂᔭ ... (Niya ...)
... ᓂᑎᓯᓂᐦᑳᓱᓐ (... nitisinihkaasun)
Where are you from? ᑕᓂᑌ ᐅᒋ ᑭᔭ (Tanite oci kiya?)
ᑖᓂᑖᐦ ᐙᐦᒋᔨᓐ (Taanitaah waahchiyin)
I'm from ... ... ᐅᒋ ᓂᔭ (... oci niya)
ᓅᐦᒌᓐ (... nuuchiin)
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Good night
(Parting phrases)
ᐃᑯᓯ (Ikosi)
ᑭᑎᐘᒼ ᐊᓯᒥᓇ ᑲᐘᐸᒥᑎᐣ (Kitiwam asimina kawapamitan)
(I will see you again)
Good luck!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Yes ᐁᐦᐊ (Eha)
ᐁᐦᐁ (Ehe)
No ᓇᒧᔭ (Namoya)
ᓇᒧᐃ (Namui)
I don't know ᑖᐹ ᓂᒋᔅᒑᔨᒫᐅ (Taapaa nichischaayimaau)
I understand ᓂᓂᐢᑐᐦᑌᐣ (Ninistohten)
I don't understand
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again ᒦᓐ ᒫ ᐃᔨᐦ (Miin maa iyih)
Please write it down
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Cree? ᑭᓀᐦᐃᔭᐘᐣ ᒋ (Kinehiyawan ci?)
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
ᐁᐦᐊ. ᐊᐱᓯᐢ ᐱᑯ ᓂᓀᐦᔭᐘᐣ
(Eha. Apisis piko ninehiyawan
Speak to me in Cree
How do you say ... in Cree?
Excuse me
How much is this?
Thank you ᐊᕀᐦᐊᕀ (Ayhay)
ᑭᓇᓈᐢᑯᒥᑎᐣ (Kinanâskomitin)
ᒦᒃᐌᒡ (Mîkwêc)
Reply to thank you
Where's the toilet?
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
Get well soon
Go away! ᐊᐊᐧᐢ! (awas!)
Leave me alone!
Help! ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐣ (wichihin)
Fire! ᐃᐢᑯᑌᐤ (iskotew)
Stop! ᓇᑭ (naki)
Call the police!
Christmas and New Year greetings ᒥᑐ ᒪᑯᓯ ᑫᓯᑲᓐᓯ (Mitho Makosi Kesikansi)
ᐊᐢᐱᓄᔦ (Aspinoyê)
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?

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