5 Tiiturumavit?

Dialogue: Coffee or Tea Break

Saali:
Kaapiturumavit?ᑳᐱᑐᕈᒪᕕᑦ? Would you like coffee?
Laina:
ii, kaapiturumajunga.ᐄ, ᑳᐱᑐᕈᒪᔪᖓ. Yes I'd like coffee.
Saali:
Sukalisuunguvit?ᓱᑲᓕᓲᖑᕕᑦ? Do you take sugar?
Laina:
Aagga, sukalisuungunngittunga.ᐋᒡᒐ, ᓱᑲᓕᓲᖑᙱᑦᑐᖓ. No, I don't take sugar.
Saali:
Immulisuunguvit?ᐃᒻᒧᓕᓲᖑᕕᑦ? Do you take milk?
Laina:
ii, immulisuungujunga.ᐄ, ᐃᒻᒧᓕᓲᖑᔪᖓ. Yes, I take milk.
Saali:
Asu. Uvva.ᐊᓱ. ᐅᕝᕙ. O.K. Here you are.
Laina:
Nakurmiik.ᓇᑯᕐᒦᒃ. Thank you.
Saali:
ilaali. ᐃᓛᓕ.You're welcome.

Vocabulary

tii
tea
tiiturumavit?
Would you like tea?
tiiturumajunga
tea (I would like...)
tiiturumanngittunga
tea (I would not like...)
kaapi
coffee
kaapiturumavit?
coffee (Would you like...?)
kaapiturumajunga
coffee (I would like...)
kaapiturumanngittunga
coffee (I don't want...)
immuk
milk
immulisuunguvit?
Do you take milk?
tiimut immulisunguvit?
Do you take milk with your tea?
immulisuungujunga
I take milk.
immulisuungunngittunga
I do not take milk.
sukaq
sugar
sukalisuunguvit?
sugar (Do you take...?)
sukalisuungujunga
sugar (I take ... with my coffee/tea)
sukalisuungunngittunga
sugar (I do not take ...)
imiq
water (for drinking)
imirumavit?
water (would you like...?)
imirumajunga
water (I would like ...)
imirumanngittunga
water (I don't want ...)
palaugaaq
bannock
palaugaaqturumanngittunga
I don't want bannock.
irngusiq
cup; mug
sivaujaq
cookie
tiiliurut
tea pot
nakurmiik
thank you
ilaali
You’re welcome.

Grammar

10 » To Want

As you put together roots, affixes and grammatical endings to build words, the first letter or the last letter of these elements will often change. These spelling changes allow for smoother pronunciation.

Let's look at the affix -juma- that expresses the idea of to want.

Because -juma- is an affix, it must be added to a root. ilau- is a root meaning to come along.

The affix -juma- can be inserted between the root (ilau-) and the subject ending:

ilaujumava? Does he / she want to come along?
ii, ilaujumajuq. Yes, he / she wants come along.
-juma- works fine when it is added to a root ending in a vowel. If the affix follows a root ending in -q, -ruma- is used instead:
kaapituq- to have coffee
kaapiturumavit? Do you want some coffee?
ii, kaapiturumajunga. Yes, I want to have some coffee.

 

After a root ending in -k, the affix -guma- is used:

sinik- to sleep
sinigumavisi? Do you (3+) want to sleep?
ii, sinigumajugut. Yes, we want to sleep.

 

11 » To Eat or Drink Something

 

The affix -tuq- is used after noun roots to indicate something one eats, something one drinks or something that one uses somehow:
tiituqtugut We (3+) are drinking tea.
natsiminiqtuqtuq He/she is eating seal meat.
umiaqtuqtut They are boating.
kaapiturumavit? Do you want some coffee?

-tuq- can be attached to any root without changing the consonant sound that comes before it.


The root imiq on its own means “water” or it can become a verb root, followed by a verb ending, to mean “to drink”.  If you want to ask someone if they would like some water, do not use the affix –tuq- with the root imiq-.  The correct way to ask the question is:

imirumavit?  Do you want to drink (some water)?
imirumajunga I want to drink some water.
imiqtuq He is drinking water.


THE AFFIX -SUUQ-

 

-suuq is added to roots to express the idea of

  • someone who is able to do something
  • someone who does something frequently, or as a matter of habit.

Examples:

uivititut French
Uivititusuunguvit? Do you speak French?
   
immuk milk
immulisuunguvit? Do you take milk?
   
qangata to rise or jump into the air
qangatasuuq airplane (lit. something that frequently goes up into the air)
A couple of points to note:

 

1. –suuq is often followed by the verb -ngu- (a variation of -u-) which means “to be”.

sukaq + li + suuq + ngu + vit = Literally, ‘Are you someone who frequently uses sugar.'
sukalisuunguvit? Do you take sugar?
2. When using -suuq- in the third person (it, he, she, they), the verb -ngu is dropped as a short cut:
inuktitusuuq an Inuktitut speaker
inuktitusuut people who speak Inuktitut
3. When -suuq- is added to a stem that ends in a consonant, it deletes the final consonant:
miqsuq + suuq =  
miqsusuuq someone who sews