Useful phrases in Plains Cree

A collection of useful phrases in Plains Cree (ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᐣ / nēhiyawēwin), an Algonquin language spoken in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba in Canada, and in and Montana in the USA.

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Phrase ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᐣ / Nēhiyawēwin (Plains Cree)
Welcome ᑕᐋᐧᐤ (tawâw) - come in, you’re welcome / there’s room
ᑕᑕᐊᐧᐤ (tatawaw)
ᒥᔪᑌᐦ ᑲ ᐃᐧᓴᒥᐦᐟ ᐊᐄᐧᔭᐠ (miyoteh ka wisamiht awîyak)
Hello (General greeting) ᑖᓂᓯ (tânisi)
Hello (on phone)
How are you? ᑖᓂᓯ (tânisi)
ᑖᓂᓯ ᐁᑲᐧ (tânisi êkwa)
ᑖᓂᓯ ᑭᔭ ᒫᑲ (tânisi, kiya mâka?)
Reply to 'How are you?' ᓇᒧᔭ ᓇᐣᑐᐤ. ᑭᔭ ᒫᑲ (namoya nantow. kiýa mâka?)
ᐋᑯᑖᐦ (âkutâh)
Long time no see
What's your name? ᑖᓂᓯ ᐁᐃᓯᔨᐦᑳᓱᔭᐣ (tânisi ê-isiyihkâsoyan?)
ᑖᓂᓯ ᑭᑎᓯᔨᐦᑳᓱᐣ (tânisi kitisiyihkâson?)
My name is ... ᓂᓯᔨᐦᑳᓱᐣ ... (... nitisiyihkâson)
Where are you from? ᑖᓂᑌ ᐁᐅᐦᒌᔭᐣ (tânitê ê-ohcîyan?)
ᑖᓂᑏ ᐅᐦᒋ ᑭᔭ (tânitî ohci kiya?)
I'm from ... ... ᐅᐦᒋ ᓂᔭ (... ohci niya)
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 (êha)
ᐁᐦᐁ (êhê)
ᐄᐦᐃ (îhi)
No ᓇᒨᔭ (namôya)
ᓇᒧᐃ (namui)
Maybe ᐊᐦᐴ (ahpô)
ᐁᑐᑫ (etoke)
I don't know ᑖᐹ ᓂᒋᔅᒑᔨᒫᐅ (tâpâ nichischâyimâu)
ᑖᓂᓯ ᐁᑎᑫᐧ (tânisi êtikwê)
ᓇᒨᔭ ᓂᑭᔅᑫᔩᒫᐤ (namôya nikiskêyimâw)
Do you understand? ᑭᓂᓯᑐᐦᑌᐣ?(kinisitohten?)
I understand ᓂᓂᐢᑐᐦᑌᐣ (ninistohten)
I don't understand
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again ᑮᐦᐟᐙᐧᒼ ᐃᐟᐌ (kîhtwâm itwê)
ᑮᐦᐟᐙᐧᒼ ᐃᐟᐎ (kîhtwâm itwî)
Please write it down ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐊ (masinaha)
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? ᑖᓂᓯ ᑳᐃᐟᐘᐣ ... ᑳ ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐚᐣ
(tânsi kâ-itwan ... kâ nehiyawan)
Excuse me
How much is this?
Thank you ᐊᕀ (ay)
ᐊᕀ ᐊᕀ (ay-ay)
ᐊᕀ ᐦᐊᕀ (ay-hay)
ᐦᐊᕀ ᐦᐊᕀ (hay-hay)
ᑌᓂᑭ (têniki)
ᑭᓇᓈᐢᑯᒥᑎᐣ (kinanâskomitin) - thank you, I am grateful to you
ᑭᑕᑕᒥᐦᐃᐣ (kitatamihin) - thank you, you make me smile, you please me
ᒦᒃᐌᒡ (mîkwêc)
Reply to thank you ᑭᔮᒼ (kiyâm)
Where's the toilet / bathroom?
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 ᑮᓯᑲᐦᐄᐦᐃᑏᐣ (kîsikahîhitin)
("you are loved by me")
Get well soon
Go away! ᐊᐊᐧᐢ! (awas!)
Leave me alone!
Help! ᐎᒋᐦᐃᐣ (wîcihin)
Fire! ᐃᐢᑯᑌᐤ (iskotew)
Stop! ᓇᑭ (naki)
Call the police!
Christmas greetings ᒥᑐ ᒪᑯᓯ ᑫᓯᑲᓐᓯ (mitho makosi kesikansi)
New Year greetings ᐊᐢᐱᓄᔦ (aspinoyê)
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings ᑲᐐᒥᔪᑎᐱᔅᑫᓐ (kawīmiyotipiskēn)
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels

Some phrases provided by Calvin Taylor nitsîkason

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