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)|
|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?
My name is ...
|Where are you from?
I'm from ...
|Aanii piish enjebayin?|
|Pleased to meet you|
|Mino gigizheb ("It's a good morning")|
|Mino giizhigad ("It's a good day")|
|Mino dibikad ("It's a good night")|
Giga-waabamin menawaa (See you again)
Giga-waabamin naagaj (See you later)
(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 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?|
|How much is this?||Aaniin Minik?|
|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|
|Leave me alone!|
|Call the police!|
|Christmas and New Year 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|
|Are you hungry?||Ginoondezgade na?|
|Where are you going?||Aaniindi ezhaayin?|
|What kind?||Awenish dinowa?|
|Come with me||Ambe daga wiijiiwishin|
Recordings and some phrases provided by Allison L.
If you would like to make any corrections or additions to this page, or if you can provide recordings, please contact me.
Other collections of Ojibwe phrases