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To introduce yourself, you can add the affix -u- to the end of your name followed by the verb ending -junga:

Piita Peter
Piita + u + junga = Piitaujunga I am Peter; My name is Peter.

The affix -u- means to be.  When it is added to a root that ends in a -k or a -q, it deletes the final consonant:

inuk + u + junga =    inuujunga I am Inuk.

You can change the verb ending to -juq to talk about she or he:

inuk + u + juq =    inuujuq He/she is Inuk

Adding -u- to names coming from other languages like English, can sound quite awkward in Inuktut.  If such a name ends in a vowel, it usually isn’t a problem:

Susi Susie.
Susi + u + junga = Susiujunga My name is Susie.


But if the name ends in a consonant, -ngu- is used instead of -u- to make pronunciation easier:

Charlesngujunga My name is Charles.
Stewartngujunga My name is Stewart.

To ask someone their name, you start with the root kina, meaning who?  You then add the affix -u- to the end of kina, followed by the question ending -vit?:

kina + u + vit? Susie.
kinauvit? Who are you?