Useful Greenlandic phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Greenlandic, an Eskimo-Aleut language spoken in Greenland and Denmark.

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Key to abbreviations: sg = said to one person, pl = said to two or more people

English Kalaallisut (Greenlandic)
Welcome Tikilluarit
Hello (General greeting) Aluu (inf)
Kutaa (frm)
Hello (on phone) Haluu
How are you? Qanoq ippit?
Reply to 'How are you?' Ajunngilanga. Illimmi qanoq ippit?
Long time no see Qangali takugakkit
What's your name? Qanoq ateqarpit?
My name is ... ...imik ateqarpunga
Where are you from? Suminngaaneerpit?
I'm from ... ...minngaaneerpunga
Pleased to meet you Nuanneq naapillutit
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Good night Sinilluarit (sg)
Sinilluaritsi (pl) - "sleep well"
(Parting phrases)
Takuss' (see you)
Ajunnginniarna (farewell)
Inuulluarina (said to someone you won't see again)
Good luck! Iluatitsilluarina
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day Aluu!
Ulloq naalluarniariuk!
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
I don't understand Paasinngilara
Please speak more slowly Arriitsumik oqalulaalit
Please write it down Qanoq akeqarpa?
Please say that again Uteqqissinnaaviuk?
Do you speak English? Tuluttut oqalusinnaavit?
Do you speak Greenlandic? Kalaallit oqalusinnaavit?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Aap, immannguaq
I don't speak Greenlandic Kalaallisut oqalussinnaanngilanga
How do you say ... in Greenlandic Qanoq Kalaallisut oqartarpisi?
Excuse me Utoqqatsissutigaa
How much is this? Qanoq akeqarpa/t?
Sorry Utoqqatsissutigaa
Please Ikinngutinnersumik
Thank you Qujan
Reply to thank you Illillu (sg)
Ilisillu (pl)
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Naak W.C-ii?
This gentleman will pay for everything Uuma Angutip tamaasa akilissavai
This lady will pay for everything Uuma Arnap tamaasa akilissavai
Would you like to dance with me? Qiteqatigerusuppingaa?
I love you Asavakkit
Get well soon Iluarsilluarina
Leave me alone! Tassa eller asu!
Help! Ikiunnga!
Call the police! Politiimik kalerriigitsi!
Politiinut sianerit/tsi!
Christmas greetings Juullimi Pilluarit (sg)
Juullimi Pilluaritsi (pl)
New Year greetings Ukiortaami Pilluarit (sg)
Ukiortaami Pilluaritsi (pl)
Easter greetings Påskisiorluarisi
Birthday greetings Inuuinni Pilluarit
Congratulations! Pilluarit (sg)
Pilluaritsi (pl)
One language is never enough Oqaatsit ataasiinnaat naammanngillat
My hovercraft is full of eels Umiatsiaasara pullattagaq nimerissanik ulikkaarpoq

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Corrections and translations by Angutimmarik Joelsen


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