4 Sila qanuippa?

Dialogue: Weather

ᒥᐊᓕ ᐅᖄᓚᔪᖅ ᐃᓚᒥᓄᑦ ᑭᒻᒥᕈᒻᒧᑦ      Miali uqaalajuq ilaminut, Kimmirummut

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

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

Grammar

negative

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 is not happy.
Here are some more examples of how the negative is used:
iqqanaijaqtuq He is working. iqqanaijanngittuq
He is not working.
naammattuq It is O.K. naammanngittuq It’s not O.K.
tukisijunga I understand. tukisinngittunga I don’t understand.
qaijugut We 3 are coming qainngittugut We 3 are not coming.