4 Sila qanuippa?

Dialogue: Weather

ᒥᐊᓕ ᐅᖄᓚᔪᖅ ᐃᓚᒥᓄᑦ ᑭᒻᒥᕈᕐᒧᑦ      Miali uqaalajuq ilaminut Kimmirurmut.

Miali calls her friend in Kimmirut.

Miali:
Silasi qanuippa taavani? Qanniqqa?ᓯᓚᓯ ᖃᓄᐃᑉᐸ ᑖᕙᓂ? ᖃᓐᓂᖅᑲ?How's your weather there? Is it snowing?
Inuki:
Aagga qanningittuq. Piqsiqqa Iqalunni?ᐋᒡᒐ ᖃᓐᓂᖏᑦᑐᖅ. ᐱᖅᓯᖅᑲ ᐃᖃᓗᓐᓂ?No, it's not snowing. Is there a blizzard in Iqaluit?
Miali:
Suli piqsilinngittuq, kisiani anuraaqtuq.ᓱᓕ ᐱᖅᓯᓕᙱᑦᑐᖅ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐊᓄᕌᖅᑐᖅ. There isn’t a blizzard yet but it's windy.
Inuki:
Asu. Tamaanili silatsiaq kisiani siqinningittuq.ᐊᓱ. ᑕᒫᓂᓕ ᓯᓚᑦᓯᐊᖅ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᓯᕿᓐᓂᖏᑦᑐᖅ I see. Well, here it is nice weather but the sun is not shining.

Vocabulary

tatsiqtuq
foggy (it is)
sunnaittuq
stormy weather
suli
still
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
qanniqtuq
snowing (it's...)
qanniqqaa?
snowing (Is it...?)
piqsiqtuq
blizzard (there is a...)
piqsiqqaa?
blizzard (Is there a...?)
piqsinngittuq
blizzarding (It is not...)
patuttuq
ice fog (there is...)
nuvujajuq
It's cloudy.
nuvuja
cloud
nillasuktuq
cold weather
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...)
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 Inuktut, to express the negative, we often insert the affix −nngit− just before the verb ending:

nuvuja + nngit + tuq =  
nuvujanngittuq It is not cloudy.
   
qanniq + qqau + nngit + tuq =  
qanniqqaunngittuq It did not snow earlier.

 

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

silalu+ nngit + tuq =  
silalunngittuq It is not raining.
   
qanniq + lau+ nngit + tuq =  
Ippatsaq qannilaunngittuq It did not snow yesterday.