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 iqqanaijaqqit?
Where do you work?
nami?
where?
iqqanaijaqtuq
working (he/she is...)
ilinniarvik
school; classroom
Ilinniarvimmi iqqanaijaqtunga.
work at the school (I...)
qangatasuukkuvik
airport
Qangatasuukkuvimmi iqqanaijaqtunga.
work at the airport (I...)
niuvirvik
store
Niuvirvimmi iqqanaijaqtunga.
work at the store (I...)
Iqqanaijaqtulirijikkunni iqqanaijaqtunga.
work at the Dept. of Human Resources (I...)
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
lawyer (I am a...)
aanniasiuqti
nurse
aanniasiuqtiujunga
nurse (I am a...)
paliisi
police (officer)
paliisiujunga
police officer (I am a...)
ilisaiji
teacher
nukillausiriji
electrician
luuttaaq
doctor
tusaaji
interpreter

Grammar

13 » Where You Work & What You Do

In order to talk about where one works and what one does at work, there are some affixes and endings that are good to learn.
 

THE AFFIX -JI / -TI

This affix is added to the end of a verb to indicate, a person who does the action described by the root. It shows up frequently in job titles:

tusaa- to hear a continous sound
tusaaji  an interpreter (literally, someone who hears a continuous sound)
   
kiu- to answer
kiuji  a receptionist
   
ilinniaqtitsi- to teach
ilinniaqtitsiji  a teacher

 

-ji is the form of the affix that is used with roots that end in a vowel sound.  After a consonant sound, -ti is used:

angunasut- to hunt
angunasutti  a hunter
   
miqsuq- to sew
miqsuqti  a seamstress

THE AFFIX -LIRI

This affix -liri- is often added before -ji to talk about something one deals with or is involved with. The combination -liriji- is added to noun roots:

kiinaujaq money
kiinaujaliriji  someone who works with money (e.g. a banker or a finance officer)
   
uumajuq animal
uumajuliriji  a wildlife officer
   
maligaq law
maligaliriji  a lawyer

 

THE AFFIX -KKUT

Many names of organizations end with the affix -kkut. Among its various meanings, -kkut is used to refer to a group of people (in this case the people who work at the organization):

paliisi police officer
paliisikkut police department
   
qattiriji firefighter
qattirijikkut fire department
   
kiinaujaliriji someone who deals with money
kiinaujalirijikkut an organization of people who deal with money (Dept. of Finance)
   
illuliriji housing officer
Illulirijikkut Housing Corporation

 -mi is a noun ending and is translated as ‘in’ or ‘at’ in English. It has a plural form -ni that we are using in this lesson:

illu house
illumi  in the house
illuni  in the houses (3+)

As mentioned above, the affix -kkut that we are using here with the names of organizations refers to a group of people. As a result, we have to use the plural ending -ni to talk about something that is happening within that organization:

illu + liriji + kkut + ni =  
illulirijikkunni in/at the Housing Corporation
   
qattiriji + kkut + ni =  
qattirijikkunni in/at the fire department

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

So, to the question:

Nami iqqanaijaqqit? Where do you work?

One could answer:

Kiinaujalirijikkunni iqqanaijaqtunga. I work at the Department of Finance.