Welcome to Taloyoak, Nunavut

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My name is Ronnie Napacheekadlak, I am from Taloyoak, Nunavut on the Boothia Peninsula.  Taloyak is a small isolated  community in the very far north.  It’s not a city, it has a small population of 900.

In the winter we go hunting for caribou (Tuqtu), fish, seals (netsiq) and other animals to help us eat through the winter.  Summers up there aren’t like summers in Vancouver, the days are way longer.  We have our own traditional Inuit games that are a lot harder than they sound.  Games like the kneel jump, the airplane, the mouth pull, and the knucklehop (which is my favourite).  To find out more about where I’m from check out this link: http://www.taloyoaknunavut.ca/ or check it out on Google maps by clicking here.  If you ever make it up north, here are some words you might find useful (borrowed from Omniglot.com) Quyanainni and enjoy:

English

Inuktitut

Welcome

Tunngahugit/Tunngasugit

Hello

Ainngai

How are you?

I’m fine, thanks. And you?

Qanuitpin/Qanuippit?

Qaniungi
Qanuinngittunga

Long time no see

Takunahaarnakuni

What’s your name?

My name is …

Kinauvit?

Uvanga …atira

Ujunga ….

Where are you from?

I’m from …

Huminngaaqpin
Nakinngaaqpit

nngaaqpunga

Pleased to meet you

Katigatkit Quvianaq

Alianaiq

Goodbye

Tavvaujutit – to one person
Tavvaujusi – to many people

Have a nice day

Ubluqatsiarit/Ulluqatsiarit

I don’t understand

Tukisinngittung

How do you say … in   Inuktitut?

…ni … qanuq uqauhiqaqpin?/uqausiqaqpit?

Excuse me

Iikuluga

How much does it cost?

Una Qapsit/Qassit/Qatsit?

Sorry

Iikuluk, Aittaaq, Nakujuq

Thank you

Response

Quyanainni, Quana, Ma’na
Qujannamiik, Nakurmiik

Ilaali

Where’s the toilet?

Naung anarvik?

Would you like to
dance with me?

Mumirluu?

Help!
Fire!
Stop!

Ikajuq!
Ikuma!
Ahu!/Asu!

Happy Birthday

Nalliuniqsiutsiarit

My hovercraft
is full of eels

Umiaryuap Publimaaqpaga tattaurniq ammayaq /
Umiarjuap Pullimmaqpaga tattaurniq nimiraq J

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