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Immerse Yourself in the Language

Did you know that Nunavut has four official languages? Inuinnaqtun, Inuktitut, English and French! The Inuit have spoken Inuktitut for generations, but its words were only recently transcribed to paper, making it possible for everyone to learn.

Speaking Inuktitut

Canada is home to many speakers of Inuktitut. While almost everyone in Iqaluit speaks English, we encourage our guests from the South to embrace the culture and preserve the Inuktitut language. 

English Inuktitut Phonetics
Hello Halu Ha-lu
Welcome Tungasugit Toong-a-su-git
Goodbye (to one person) Tavvauvutit Tah-vow-voo-teet
Goodbye to all (plural) Tavvauvusi Tah-vow-voo-see
Thank you Nakurmiik Na-koor-meek
You are welcome Ilaali Ee-lah-li
Good Morning Ulaakut Oo-lah-coot
Good Afternoon Unusakut Oo-nah-sa-coot
Good Evening Unukut Oo-new-coot
What is your name? Kinauvit? Kee-nau-veet?
How are you? Qanuipit? Ka-nwee-peet?
Help! Ikajunga! Ick-eang-nak-took
Yes Ii Ee
No Aakka or Aagaa Ah-ka or ah-gah
What is this? Una suna? Oo-na soo-na?
Do you understand? Tukisiviit? Too-kee-see-veet?
Delicious Mamaqtuq ma-makh-too
Wonderful Alianait ah-lee-ah-nite
Arctic Char Iqaluk Ick-ka-look
Polar Bear Nanuq Naa-nook
Seal Nattiq Naa-tick
Caribou Tuktu Took-two
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