Useful phrases in Innu

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.

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).

Phrase Innu-aimun
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
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Good night
(Parting phrases)
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 Eshe
No Mauat
Maybe Put
Put kie
I don't know Apu tshissenitaman
Do you understand?
I 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
Speak to me in Innu
How do you say ... in Innu?
Excuse me
How much is this? Tan ishpish?
Thank you
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
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Stop! Eshku!
Call the police!
Christmas greetings
New Year greetings
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels

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