4 Sila qanuippa?

Dialogue: Weather

ᒥᐊᓕ ᐅᖄᓚᔪᖅ ᐃᓚᒥᓄᑦ ᑭᒻᒥᕈᕐᒧᑦ      Miali uqaalajuq ilaminut, Kimmirurmut

Miali calls her friend in Kimmirut.

Miali:
Silasi qanuippa taavani? Qanniqqaa?ᓯᓚᓯ ᖃᓄᐃᑉᐸ ᑖᕙᓂ? ᖃᓐᓂᖅᑳ?How's your weather there? Is it snowing?
Inuki:
Aagga qanningittuq. Piqsiqqaa Iqalunni?ᐋᒡᒐ ᖃᓐᓂᖏᑦᑐᖅ. ᐱᖅᓯᖅᑳ ᐃᖃᓗᓐᓂ?No, it's not snowing. Is it blizzarding in Iqaluit?
Miali:
Suli piqsilinngittuq, kisiani anuraaqtuq.ᓱᓕ ᐱᖅᓯᓕᙱᑦᑐᖅ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐊᓄᕌᖅᑐᖅ. It isn't blizzarding yet, but it's windy.
Inuki:
Asu. Tamaanili silattiaq kisiani siqinningittuq.ᐊᓱ. ᑕᒫᓂᓕ ᐃᑯᓪᓕᐊᖅᑐᖅ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᓯᕿᓐᓂᖏᑦᑐᖅ I see. Well, here it is nice weather but the sun is not shining.

Vocabulary

uqquuviit?
hot (Are you...?)
uqquujunga
hot (I am...)
Ullumi kisuuva?
What is the date today?
ullumi
today
tikittut
arrived (they have...)
tatsiqtuq
foggy (it is)
taqaviit?
tired (Are you ...?)
taqavaa?
tired (Is she ...?)
taqajuq
tired (she/he is...)
tallirmiq
Friday
sunnaittuq
stormy weather
suli
still
sivataarvik
Saturday
sitammiq
Thursday
siqinniqtuq
sunny (it's...)
siqinningittuq
sunny (It is not ...)
siqiniq
sun
silattiavak
beautiful weather
Silasi qanuippa?
How's the weather where you are?
silaqqiqtuq
clear skies
silaluttuq
rains (it...)
Sila qanuippa?
What's the weather like?
sila
weather; the environment
qiuviit?
cold (Are you ...?)
qiunngittunga
cold (I am not...)
qanniqtuq
snowing (it's...)
qanniqqaa?
snowing (Is it...?)
piqsiqtuq
blizzard (there is a...)
piqsiqqaa?
blizzard (Is there a...?)
piqsinngittuq
blizzarding (It is not...)
pingatsiq
Wednesday
patuttuq
ice fog (there is...)
nuvujajuq
It's cloudy.
nuvuja
cloud
nillasuktuq
cold weather
naggajjau
Monday
naattiinguja
Sunday
naammattuq
It's O.K.
minijuq
drizzling (it's...)
kisiani
but
Iqalunni
in Iqaluit
ilitsilli?
you two (what about...?)
ilitsili?
you (3+); what about...?
ikulliaqtuq
wind (There's no...)
ii
yes
anuraaqtuq
windy (it's...)
aippiq
Tuesday
aagga
no

Grammar

8. The Negative

In English we often use the word not to turn an affirmative sentence into a negative one:

I am tired. I am not tired.

 

In Inuktitut, to express the negative, we often insert the affix −nngit− just before the subject of the verb:

taqa + nngit + tunga = taqanngittunga
  I am not tired.
   
qai + qqau + nngit + tut = qaiqqaunngittut
  They did not come.

 

When -nngit- is added to a root that ends in a consonant (q,k,t), it deletes the final consonant:

quviasuk + nngit + tuq = quviasunngittuq
  He/she is not happy.
Here are some more examples of how the negative is used:
tukisijunga tukisinngittunga
I understand. I don't understand.
   
qaijugut qainngittugut
We are coming. We are not comilng.