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Useful phrases in Ojibwe

A collection of useful phrases in Ojibwe, an Algonquian language spoken in the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and in the US states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Montana and North Dakota.

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)
(General greeting)
Aniin (inf) / Bozhoo (frm)
How are you?
Fine thanks, and you?
Aaniish naa ezhiyaayin?
Nminoyaa gwa (I'm fine)
Kaawiin gwa nminoyaasii (I'm not well/fine)
Long time no see
What's your name?
My name is ...
Wegnesh ezhinkaazyin?
... ndizhinikaaz
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Aanii piish enjebayin?
... ndojeba
Pleased to meet you
Morning greeting(s) Mino gigizheb ("It's a good morning")
Afternoon greeting(s) Mino giizhigad ("It's a good day")
Evening greeting(s) Mino dibikad ("It's a good night")
Nighttime parting phrase(s)
Parting phrase(s) Wiingezin (inf)
Giga-waabamin menawaa (See you again)
Giga-waabamin naagaj (See you later)
Good luck
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
I don't know Gaawiin ningikendanziin; Amanji sa
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again Ikidon miinawaa
Please write it down
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Ojibwe?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Speak to me in Ojibwe
How do you say ... in Ojibwe?
Excuse me
How much is this? Aaniin Minik?
Please Daga
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.

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