Anishinabemowin Sound Chart

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Boozhoo Niijiinkwenyag!

This is the Anishinabemowin Sound Chart we had to learn in one of my language classes. Our kinoamage inini made us repeat this at the beginning of our classes for the first few weeks of our semester. It does help you approach words and to learn to pronounce them better. Another tip, if you encounter a long word you are having trouble pronouncing, sound it out backwards ( example makademashkikiwaaboo sounded out from back to front like this: waaboo, kiwaaboo, kikiwaaboo, mashkikiwaaboo, makademashkikiwaaboo), or sound it out by syllable (mak  ade   mash  ki  ki  waa boo).

b — ba –baa–be–bi–bii–bo–boo

ch–cha–chaa–che–chi–chii–cho–choo

d–da–daa–de–di–dii–do–doo

g–ga–gaa–ge–gi–gii–go–goo

h–ha–haa–he–hi–hii–ho–hoo

j–ja–jaa– je–ji–jii–jo–joo

k–ka–kaa–ke–ki–kii–ko–koo

m–ma–maa–me–mi–mii–mo–moo

n–na–naa–ne–ni–nii–no–noo

p–pa–paa–pe–pi–pii–po–poo

s–sa–saa–se–si–sii–so–soo

sh–sha–shaa–she–shi–shii–sho–shoo

t–ta–taa—te–ti–tii–to–too

w–wa–waa–we–wi–wii–wo–woo

y–ya–yaa–ye–yi–yii–yo–yoo

z–za–zaa–ze–zi–zii–zo–zoo

zh–zha–zhaa–zhe–zhi–zhii–zho–zhoo

Double Vowels

aa-ah in About

ii – e as in bee

e – a as in may

oo – as in food

Short Vowels

a- uh in cut

i -ih as in lit

o as o in low

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Cooking/Kitchen Verbs and Sentences

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Dishes

Minikchiwagan-Something you drink out of (cup)

Boskina’gun – Bowl (Talks about its curviness) (Bea Collwelliban)

Desinaagan/Desinaaganan – Bowl / Bowls

Onaagan / Onaaganan – Plate / Plates

Ataasowin – Cupboard

Ataasowinan – Cupboards (you can tell that this word refers to something inanimate by the plural ending –an)

Utensils

Emkwaan/Emkwaanan- Spoon/Spoons

Badak’jigan/ Badak’jiganan – Fork / Forks

Mookman/Mookmanan – Knife / Knives

Kchi mookman – Big knife

Pots and Pans

Akik/ Akikwag – Pot / Pots

Zaasgokwaan / Zaasgokwaanan – Frying Pan / Frying pans

Aniibiishakik/ Aniibiishakikan – Tea Kettle / Tea Kettles

Cooking

Bischigeh- to bake (Literal meaning  – it raises)

Zhaabkizgan(Bea Collwelliban) or Gizhaabkizigan (Neganigwane Pheasant) – Stove

Frying

Esasskodek – Frying

Esasskodekweshigan – Fried bread

Table words

Dopwin/ Dopwinan – Table/Tables

Ta’magat dopwining – On top of the table

Namayiin dopwining – Underneath the table.

Anamowishin ziinzibaakwad. – Hand me the sugar.

Anamowishin zhiitaagan miinawa wiisagat – Pass me the salt and pepper.

Daga Anama’wishin – Please pass it to me / hand it to me.

About the Cook

Jibaakwe inini – Male cook.

Giwii jibaakwe ina? – Do you want to cook?

Jiibawaadan – Cook it.

Jibaakwe – S/he is cooking.

Ni jiibaakwe – I’m cooking.

Eating Words

Wiisini – To eat someone or something. The use of the word “someone” is due to animals and plants being animate and having a spirit so we acknowledge that in our words about eating.

Gwii minikwe na? – Do you want a drink?

Wegonesh waa miijiiyan? / Awegonen wa miijiiyin? (example of dialect difference, which doesn’t matter because they both say the same thing)  – What do you want to eat?

Gojipidan – Taste it.

Gojipidan maanda – Taste this.

Minopogozid na? – Does it taste good?

Miigwetchiwendan – Give thanks for it.

Ziigwebinan – Spill it.

Desa’an – Flatten it.

Wewiiginan – Wrap it up.

Gondan – Swallow it.

Nabonan – Fold it.

Webinan – Throw it away.

Wiisini – To eat.

Bakade – To be hungry.

Ni minikwe – I’m drinking.

Ni wiisin – I’m eating.

Ingii minikwe – I drank.

Ingii wiisin. – I ate.

Gigii wiisin’ na? – Did you eat?

Wiisiniwag Ininiwag – The men are eating.

Mino Pogozi – That 1 thing tastes good.

Mino Pogwaad – That (all of it) tastes good.

Maji Pogozi – That 1 thing tastes bad. (note, we Anishinabeg would never insult the cook by saying this, however you could use it if you were tasting something you made yourself or something purchased from the store, like an energy drink or something you could say it tastes bad.)

Gid ayaawaa ina’ makademashkikiwaaboo? – Do you have some coffee?

Gid ayaawaa ina’ opineek? – Do you have potatos?

Ndoo apachigo nimbakade / Ndoo apijige nimbakade – I’m really hungry.

G’depsinii na? – Are you full?

Ehn, n’depsina. – Yes, I’m full.

Kawiin n’depsiniisii – No, I’m not full.

N’depsina – I’m full / I’ve had enough.

Mishiiminag – Apples (You can tell that apples are animate because of it’s plural ending –ag)

Sentences with Animals

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Here are a few sentences to use with your new animal words. You can now say you saw an animal last night. You heard an animal last night. You smelled an animal, you saw the animal on the road. And you can see the difference in the word make up for the animal seeing you and you seeing the animal. You can make many sentences about most of the animals in the list by switching out the words for the animals present in the following sentences with other animals from your lists.

Nigii waabamaa  waawaashkeshii/ shkeshii dibikong? – Did you see the deer last night?

Nigii noondawaa mai’ingan noongwa. – I heard the wolf last night.

Ni biijiimaamaa zhiigaag. – I smell a skunk.

Nigii waabamaa waawaashkeshii miikanong? – Did you see the deer on the road?

Nigii waabamig wagosh. – The fox saw me.

Ni waabamaa wagosh. – I saw the fox.

Ni waabamaa wagosh nongom – I saw a fox today.

Gigii waabamaa ina wagosh ? – Did you see the fox?

Niwii waabamaa opitchi gizhep. – I will see a robin in the morning.

Bama apii!!

Wesiinhik / Ookaanag – Wild Animals / Farm Animals

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Wesiinhik / Ookaanag

Makwa – bear

nika- Canadian Goose

Amik – Beaver

Omakakii – Frog

Aamoo – Bee

Waagosh – Fox

Memengwaa – Butterfly

Ojiig – Fisher

Mashkodebizhiki- Buffalo

Bizhiki – Cow

Giniw – Golden Eagle

Aandeg – Crow

Zhiishiib – Duck

Adik – Caribou

Animosh – Dog

Baaka’aakwe- Chicken

Waawaashkeshi – Deer

Agongosens – Chipmunk

Mashtadim – Workhorse

Zhaangweshi – Mink

Maang – Loon

Waabizheshi – Marten

Bizhiw – Lynx

Waawaabigonoojii–Mouse

Kchi Waawaabiginoojii – Rat

Akakojiishi – Woodchuck

Mizisenh – Turkey

Wiinaange – Turkey Vulture

mai’iingan – Wolf

Asiginaak – Black Bird

Zhingos – Weasel

Washashk – Muskrat

Miskwaadesi – Mud Turtle

Gookooko’oo / gokoko – Owl

Mikinaak – Snapping Turtle

Gookoosh – Pig

Okaan – Farm Animal

Ajidamoo – Squirell

Gaag – Porcupine

Zhiigaag – Skunk

Bine’ – Partridge

Esibaan – Raccoon

Waabooz/ Waaboose – Rabbit

Baapaase – Downy Woodpecker

Nenookaasi – Hummingbird

Binesi – Thunderbird

Opichi – Robin

Gwiingweshi – Canadian Jay

Meme- Pileated Woodpecker

Diindiisi – Blue Jay

Gijigaaneshii – Chickadee

mayagi bine – Pheasant

Ginoozhe- N. Pike.

Gigooh – Fish

Diindiisi – Blue Jay

Mang /Mong – Loon

Agongosens – Chipmunk

Nenookaasi – Hummingbird

gijigaaneshii – Chickadee

Asiginaak – Black Bird

Zhingos – Weasel

Ojiig – Otter / fisher

Giniw – Golden Eagle

Migizi – Bald Eagle

Zhaangweshii – Mink

Kchi kaadi ginebic – alligator (big legged snake)


Gakina Gegoo – All Things In Life / Niizhwaaswi Mishoomis Gikinoo’amage’wiaman The Seven Grandfather Teachings

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Aaniin Niijiikwenyaag!

I am just going to do a quick post tonight. This one is on Akina Gegoo miinawa Niizhwaaswi Mishoomis Gikinoo’amaage’wiaman, think on these teachings. I will try and post more miijim words in tomorrow’s post.

Bama api gi Waabamin!

Gakina Gegoo – All Things In Life

Bemaadzid / Giigoohnik/ Manidoshenhsak— Humans/ Fish/ Insects

Maanwang/Netawging/Wesaakik/Mitigook— Berries/GardenVegetables/Vegetation/Trees

Aashbik/Asiniin/ Zhiw – Rock/ Stones/ Mountain

Wesiinhik / Ookaanag — Wild Animals / Domestic Animals

Niizhwaaswi Mishoomis Gikinoo’amaage’wiaman

The Seven Grandfather Teachings

1.)           Zaagi’diwin  –  Love

2.)           Debwewin – Truth

3.)           Dabasendizawin –  Humility

4.)           Gwayakwaadiziwin – Honesty

5.)           Manaajiiwaawin / Manaaji’ idiwin – Respect

6.)           Zoongide’ iwin  – Courage / Bravery

7.)           Nibwaakaawin – Wisdom

There is an Anishinabeg teaching story about the Seven Grandfathers. These teachings are taught from when one is just a small child all along through life. As our children grow so does their understanding of these teachings and the elders explain more in depth as the child is ready for understanding.

These teachings are important for understanding Anishinabeg culture. We as Anishinabeg try always to remember these teachings and approach all things in a good way with respect. None of these teachings operates alone but must go hand in hand with each other.

Anishinabe was given Wisdom in order to better his life through knowledge.

Anishinabe was given Love so that he could love his fellow Anishinabeg and teach them to speak well of each other.

Anishinabe was given Respect in order to show respect to all things (humans, animals, plants, water, air etc) on earth.

Anishinabe was given Bravery to face his life’s challenges in a good way.

Anishinabe was given Honesty to live in a good way with his fellow people, to speak well of others, to know and think through whatever life brings.

Anishinabe was given Humility to live in harmony and balance on earth with all other living things, never thinking himself to be better than any one of the other creations.

At last Anishinabe was given Truth after all of the other gifts were understood.

Reflect on these teachings and use them when you’re thinking about plants and the environment. One cannot pollute his water if he respects that water’s right to be pure so that all life may live and use that water, one cannot extensively log without respect, or wisdom to know that cutting all of the forest will leave no place for humans to gather wood for their uses, or for the animals to live. One cannot blow up a mountain top for coal if one knows the truth that the practice will pollute the ground water, ruin the habitat for humans and animals –  all life. One who knows these teachings will not over harvest plants for personal or commercial use.

How do you say …?

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Aaniin Niijiikwenyaag!

I thought I would do another quick post on how to ask someone how to say a word in Anishinabemowin.

You can post questions like this in the comments section and I will try to answer your questions as soon as possible.

For example:

Anish keya ikido … little bear? – How do you say … little bear?

Makoohns – little bear / young bear.

Anish keya ikido … door? –  How do you say … door?

Ishkwaandem – door.

I am still trying to figure out all of the features I can use on this blog. I have learned this evening that because I have a wordpress.com blog instead of a self hosted wordpress.org site I cannot use plug-ins. So I am still working on trying to figure out how to add audio, so that you all can hear the pronunciations of the words.

Also I am developing a little pattern here, I am giving you words to learn, and trying to include a sentence that you can learn to say to use those words you are learning. As we get farther into this blog, I will try to clue you in to more of the linguistic side of our language and explain some of the mechanics of how it works. But for the beginner, I think it is better to see it this way, just to get your feet wet and not overwhelm you. Any suggestions or comments are appreciated, as well as any questions you may have, I will promptly answer.

Mino dibikad! – Good nite!

Boozhoo Niijiikwenyaag!

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Mondageesokwe ndizhnikaaz Makwa ndodem, nsimidana shi niiwin biboonagiziyaan, Odawa Anishinaabekwe ndaw.  Iwidi Flat ziibiwing ndoonjibaa,  Ben  ninabem izhinikaazo.

Mondageesokwe is my name, I am bear clan, 34 winters old, an Odawa Indian woman is who I am.  Over there by the Flat River is where I am from,  Ben is my husband’s name.

Well I hope anyone who wants to learn a little Anishinabemowin (Ojibwe/Odawa language) can get some use out of my blog. I will be posting beginner Ojibwe phrases, maybe words with pictures, and if I can figure it out… maybe some audio too.  I am not a fluent speaker yet, however I have been following the Anishinabemowin trail for Oh my gosh.. twenty years! (I started learning simple words and phrases in my early teens and am still pursuing better eavesdropping and speaking skills). Just for those who think… “20 years and not fluent? ” There are not many fluent speakers where I grew up, in order to learn to speak properly one must hear the language spoken often. If you do not get to hear fluid fluent speech then it can slow ones learning down. Also note that Anishinabemowin is in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most verb forms of any language. Anishinabemowin is a very action based language and very descriptive.

Mi iw/ That is all

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