6 Nami iqqanaijaqqit?

Dialogue: Where do you work?

Maika:
Nami iqqanaijaqqit Jaani?ᓇᒥ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑭᑦ, ᔮᓃ? Where do you work Jaani?
Jaani:
Nunavut Tunngavikkunni iqqanaijaqtunga. Ivvilli, nami iqqanaijaqqit Maika? ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᑐᙵᕕᒃᑯᓐᓂ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑐᖓ. ᐃᕝᕕᓪᓕ, ᓇᒥ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑭᑦ, ᒪᐃᑳ? I work at Nunavut Tunngavik. And you, where do you work Maika?
Maika:
Haammalakkunni iqqanaijaqtunga.ᕼᐋᒻᒪᓚᒃᑯᓐᓂ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑐᖓ. I work at the Hamlet.
Jaani:
Kisulirijiuvilli taikani? ᑭᓱᓕᕆᔨᐅᕕᓪᓕ ᑕᐃᑲᓂ?What do you do there?
Maika:
Kiinnaujalirijiujunga. ᑮᓐᓇᐅᔭᓕᕆᔨᐅᔪᖓ. I am a Finance Officer.
Jaani:
Asukuluk.ᐊᓱᑯᓗᒃ. oh, yeah?
Maika:
Ivvili, kisulirijiuvit Nunavut Tunngavikkunni?ᐃᕝᕕᓪᓕ, ᑭᓱᓕᕆᔨᐅᕕᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᑐᙵᕕᒃᑯᓐᓂ? What do you do at Nunavut Tunngavik?
Jaani:
Atuagalirijiujunga.ᐊᑐᐊᒐᓕᕆᔨᐅᔪᖓ. I am a Policy Analyst.
Maika:
Asukuluk.ᐊᓱᑯᓗᒃ. I see.

Vocabulary

nami?
where?
iqqanaijaqtuq
works (he/she...)
Nami iqqanaijaqqit?
Where do you work?
ilinniarvik
school; classroom
Ilinniarvimmi iqqanaijaqtunga.
I work at the school.
qangatasuukkuvik
airport
Qangatasuukkuvimmi iqqanaijaqtunga.
I work at the airport.
niuvirvik
store
Niuvirvimmi iqqanaijaqtunga.
I work at the store.
Tunngavikkunni iqqanaijaqtunga.
I work at Nunavut Tunngavik.
Iqqanaijaqtulirijikkunni iqqanaijaqtunga.
I work at the Dept. of Human Resources.
Ilinniaqtulirijikkut
Department of Education
Kiinaujalirijikkut
Department of Finance
Kanatami Mirnguisirvilirijikkut
Parks Canada
qattirijikkut
fire department
aulausirijikkut
power plant
paliisikkut
police department
aanniavik
hospital
kigunniarvik
dentist's office
titiqqaniarvik
post office
kisulirijiuvit?
What do you do for a living?
maligaliriji
lawyer
maligalirijiujunga
I am a lawyer.
aanniasiuqti
nurse
aanniasiuqtiujunga
I am a nurse.
paliisi
police (officer)
paliisiujunga
I am a police officer.
ilisaiji
teacher
nukillausiriji
electrician
luuttaaq
doctor
tusaaji
interpreter

Grammar

13 » Where You Work & What You Do


Observe the following Inuktitut names of organizations:

Pinnguaqtulirijikkut Department of Recreation
Iliqqusilirijikkut Dept of Culture & Heritage
Maligalirijikkut Department of Justice
Qattirijikkut Fire Department

Note that many of these names end with the affix –kkut. Among its various meanings –kkut is used to designate an organization.

Many names of organizations include the affix –liriji. It is used to talk about a particular thing that a person is involved with or working on. –liriji deletes any consonant that appears immediately before it.

kiinaujaq money
kiinaujaq + liriji = kiinaujaliriji person who deals with money
kiinaujaliriji + kkut = kiinaujalirijikkut an organization of people who deal with money (Dept. of Finance)
   
illu house
illulirijikkut Housing Corporation
-ni is a noun ending that is translated as “in” or “at” in English.

So, to the question:

Nami iqqanaijaqqit? Where do you work?

One could answer:

Kiinaujalirijikkunni iqqanaijaqtunga. I work at the Department of Finance.

 

Note that according to the rules of Inuktitut pronunciation, when the ending -ni is added to a root ending in -t, the final -t softens and becomes an -n sound.