- which is the best language course or software - compare

Learn French with Frantastique

Useful phrases in Ojibwe

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

You can see them in many other languages by clicking on the English versions.

Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal

English Anishinaabemowin / ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᒧᐎᓐ (Ojibwe)
Hello (General greeting) Aniin (inf)
Bozhoo (frm)
How are you? Aaniish naa ezhiyaayin?
Reply to 'How are you?' Nminoyaa gwa (I'm fine)
Kaawiin gwa nminoyaasii (I'm not well/fine)
Long time no see
What's your name? Wegnesh ezhinkaazyin?
My name is ... ... ndizhinikaaz
Where are you from? Aanii piish enjebayin?
I'm from ... ... ndojeba
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Mino gigizheb ("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
(Parting phrases)
Giga-waabamin menawaa (See you again)
Giga-waabamin naagaj (See you later)
Wiingezin (Take it easy - casual)
Good luck!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Miijidaa! ("Let's eat!")
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
I understand
I don't understand
Yes Enh
No Kaa
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again Ikidon miinawaa
Please write it down
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Ojibwe? Gdi-anishnaabem-na?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Enh, ndi anishnabem bangii eta go
Speak to me in Ojibwe
How do you say ... in Ojibwe?
Excuse me
How much is this? Aaniin Minik?
Please Daga
Thank you Miigwech
Reply to thank you  
Where's the toilet?
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me?
I miss you
I love you Gi zah gin
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Call the police!
Christmas and New Year greetings
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
It's hot today Gizhaatemgat nangwaa
It's raining today Gmiwaan nangwaa
It's cold today Ksinaamgat nangwaa
This is not good weather Niiskaadad
This weather isn't bad Gaawiin niiskaadasinoon
This is fair weather Anwaatin
This isn't nice weather Gaawiin anwaatinzinoon
I'm hungry Ninoondezgade
Are you hungry? Ginoondezgade na?
He's hungry Noondezgade
Where are you going? Aaniindi ezhaayin?
What kind? Awenish dinowa?
Come with me Ambe daga wiijiiwishin

Recordings and some phrases provided by Allison L. and Chris Cadeau

If you would like to make any corrections or additions to this page, or if you can provide recordings, please contact me.

Information about Ojibwe | Ojibwe phrases | Ojibwe numbers | Tower of Babel


Other collections of Ojibwe phrases

Phrases in Algonquian languages

Arapaho, Atikamekw, Cree, Míkmaq, Ojibwe

Phrases in other languages

Cheap Web Hosting