A collection of useful phrases in Innu (Innu-aimun), a Central Cree language spoken in Newfoundland, Labrador and Quebec in eastern Canada. It is also known as Montagnais.
See these phrases in any combination of two languages in the Phrase Finder. If you can provide recordings, corrections or additional translations, please contact me.
Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).
|Hello (General greeting)||Kuei
|Hello (on phone)|
|How are you?||Tan eshpanin?|
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Nimishta-minupan (I'm great)|
|Long time no see|
|What's your name?||Tan eshinikashin?|
|My name is ...||... nitishinikashun|
|Where are you from?||Tanite uetshin?|
|I'm from ...||... nutshin|
|Pleased to meet you|
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Have a nice day|
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|I don't know||Apu tshissenitaman|
|Do you understand?|
|I don't understand|
|Please speak more slowly|
|Please say that again|
|Please write it down|
|Do you speak English?|
|Do you speak Innu?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Do you speak a language
other than Innu?
|Speak to me in Innu|
|How do you say ... in Innu?|
|How much is this?||Tan ishpish?|
|Reply to thank you|
|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||Tshemenuadeden (I love you)
Tsheshuenemeden (I love you a lot)
|Get well soon|
|Leave me alone!|
|Call the police!|
|New Year greetings|
|One language is never enough|
|My hovercraft is full of eels|
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