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Useful phrases in Míkmaq

A collection of useful phrases in Míkmaq, an Algonquian language spoken in Canada and the USA.

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Key to abbreviations: sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).

Phrase Míkmawísimk (Míkmaq)
Welcome Pjila’si (sg)
Pjila’dik (pl)
Hello (General greeting) Gwe’
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Me’ talein?
Me’ tal-wuleyn?
Reply to 'How are you?' Welei, katu kil?
Long time no see
What's your name? Taluisin?
My name is ... Taluisi ...
Where are you from? Tami tleyawin kil?
I'm from ... N’in tleyawi ...
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Good night
(Parting phrases)
Nmultis (sg - see you later)
Nmultoqsip? (pl - see you all later)
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 E’e
I don't know
I understand
I don't understand
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again
Please write it down Ke wi’ken
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Míkmaq? Nnui’sin gi’l?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
E’e, ’nnui’si
Speak to me in Míkmaq Ge’ nnu’-gluli
How do you say ... in Míkmaq?
Excuse me
How much is this? Talawtik?
Thank you Wela’lin (sg)
Wela’liek (sg)
Wela’lioq (pl)
Reply to thank you Weliaq
Where's the toilet?
This gentleman will pay for everything
This lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me?
I miss you
I love you Kesalul (sg)
Kesaluloq (pl)
Get well soon
Go away! Jigla’si
Leave me alone!
Call the police!
Christmas and New Year greetings
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings Wli’ ajipuna’
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels
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