Conversational Carrier

Mary John, Sr.


1ᐸᑔ.Hello.
2ᙎ ᐧᐉᐣᗣᑋ?How are you (one person)?
3ᗞᗫ ᙎ ᐧᐅᔆᗣᑋ.I am fine.
4ᑌᙠ ᙒ ᘇᐣᘎᔆᗥᐣ.See you (one person) again.
5ᐣᙨᑋ ᐧᐅᐳᘅᗣᑋ?What time is it?
6ᐧᐊᗓᐪ ᙋᐪᘆᙆ.It is noon.
7ᐯᐠᗕᐧᘆᐣᙂᐣ ᑓ ᙒᐣᑕ.Sit down (one person) if you want to.
8ᐯᐠᗕᐧᘇᑋᙂᐣ ᑓ ᙓᑋᗸ.Sit down (2 people) if you want to.
9ᐯᐠᗕᐧᘇᑋᙂᐣ ᑓ ᑓᘳᙫ.Sit down (three or more people) if you want to.
10ᔆᘇᙠᐉᑊᘓ.Thank you (1 thanking 1).
11ᘊᙒ.Thank you.
12ᘤᑔ ᗺᐧᘆᐣᙂᐣ ᐉᑋ?Do you want tea? (one person)
13ᘤᑔ ᗺᐧᘇᑋᙂᐣ ᐉᑋ?Do you want tea? (two or more people)
14ᘧᗴɥᐉ ᗺᐧᘆᐣᙂᐣ ᐉᑋ?Do you want some coffee? (one person)
15ᘦᘥᐪ ᗺᐧᘆᐣᙂᐣ ᐉᑋ?Do you want some milk? (two or more people)
16ᘍᐉ ᗜ ᗺᐧᘇᑋᙂᐣ ᐉᑋ?Do you want some juice? (two or more people)
17ᘤᑔ ᙎᗴᑋ ᗪᒡ ᗺᐧᘇᑋᙂᐣ ᐉᑋ?Do you (two or more people) want tea with sugar?
18ᐣᑔ ᘧᗴɥᐉ ᙎᗴᑋ ᐧᐉᐣᗾᙆ ᘦᘥᐪ ᗪᒡ ᗺᐧᘄᔆᙂᐣ.I'll have coffee with cream and sugar.
19ᐊ, ᘧᗴɥᐉ ᗺᐧᘄᔆᙂᐣ.Yes, I'll have coffee.
20ᐧᐅᘎᙠ ᐉᑋ ᗺᐧᘆᐣᙂᐣ?Do you want some more? (one person)
21ᐊ, ᐧᐅᘎᙠ ᗺᐧᘄᔆᙂᐣ.Yes, I'll have more.
22ᐧᐊᗓᐪ ᙅ, ᙎ ᐧᐅᔆᘛ.No, I've had enough.
23ᐧᐊᗓᐪ ᙒ ᘇᗜᔆᘛ.I will go now.
24ᐧᐊᗓᐪ ᙒ ᘇᗝᗧᔆ.We (two people) are leaving now.
25ᐧᐊᗓᐪ ᙒ ᘇᙩᗜᑊᗸᔆ.We (three or more people) are leaving now (by car).
26ᐧᐊᗓᐪ ᙒ ᘇᙆᗜᑐᗸ.We (three or more people are leaving now (by boat).
27ᐯᘄᔆᗦ ᐯᙅᐉᐣᘓ.I'm glad you (one person) came.
28ᐯᘄᔆᗦ ᐯᐊᑋᐧᐊᙆ.I'm glad you (2 people) came.
29ᐯᘄᔆᗦ ᐯᙅᑋᑓᑊ.I'm glad you (three or more people) came.
30ᙩᐯᐣᗦ ᐯᙅᐉᐣᘓ.We are glad you (one person) came
31ᙩᐯᐣᗦ ᐯᙅᑋᐧᐊᙆ.We are glad you (2 people) came.
32ᙩᐯᐣᗦ ᐯᙅᑋᑓᑊ.We are glad you (three or more people) came.
33ᑌᙠ ᔆᙩᘃᐣᘓ.Come visit me again (to 1).
34ᑌᙠ ᘅᙩᘃᐣᘓ.Come visit us (3+ to 1) again.
35ᙎ ᐧᐉᐣᗣᑋ ᐉᑋ?Are you (one person) feeling well?
36ᐊ, ᙎ ᐧᐅᔆᗣᑋ.Yes, I am fine.
37ᐣᑔᐣᑕ ᐉᑋ?Are you (one person) sick?
38ᐊ, ᗞᗫ ᐣᑐᔆᑕ.Yes, I am very sick.
39ᐣᐧᐊᐪ ᐧᐈᐣ ᑕᐣᗣᑋ?How is your wife?
40ᐣᐧᐊᐪ ᐧᐈᐣ ᙎᐣᗣᑋ ᐉᑋ?Is your wife well?
41ᐣᗷᐉ ᐧᐈᐣ ᑕᐣᗣᑋ?How is your husband?
42ᐣᗷᐉ ᙎᐣᗣᑋ ᐉᑋ?Is your husband well?
43ᐣᐧᐊᐪ ᐧᐉᐣᗾᙆ ᐣᘐᙆᗸᑋᘅ ᑕᐷᐣᗣᑋ?Is your 1's family well?
44ᙦᒡᙩᑊ ᐧᐈᐣ ᑕᐣᗣᑋ?How is the baby?
45ᐣᘐᙆᗸᑋᘅ ᑕᐷᐣᗣᑋ?How are your (one person's) children?
46ᘃᐳᙆᗸᑋᘅ ᑕᐷᐣᗣᑋ?How are your (two or more people's) children?
47ᙎᐧᐷᐣᗣᑋ ᐉᑋ?Are they well?
48ᑔ ᗺᐧᘆᐣᙂᐣ?What do you (one person) want?
49ᑔ ᗺᐧᘇᑋᙂᐣ?What do you (2 people) want?
50ᑔ ᗺᐧᘇᑋᙂᐣ?What do you (three or more people) want?
51ᗞᙒᑋ.I don't know.
52ᑕᐱᐪᘆ ᙎ ᙫᑋᐧᐅᐣ ᐧᐊw ᗥᐁᘄᙂᔆᙂᐣ.I don't understand.
53ᘅᗽᘓᐉᒡᑐᐟ ᐉᑋ?Do you one person speak our language?
54ᘇᑋᗌᘅᐟ ᗩᑐᘰᐧᐈᑋ.I am learning your (two or more people's) language.
55ᑕᘛ ᑔᘆ ᐉᑋ?What did you (one person) say?
56ᑌᙠ ᑔᘆ.Say it again (to 1).
57ᙎ ᐧᐊ ᑓᙄᐣᘓᒡ.Come here (one person). Hurry!
58ᐣᑐᘇ ᐧᐈᐣ ᗥᗸ ᙒᗦ.This is my friend.
59ᒼᗫ ᘧ ᗥᗸ ᐣᘒᗦ?Who is your friend?
60ᘁᗒᔆ ᘳᐉ.It is cloudy.
61ᘓᐪ ᘐᘇᗘᐣᑓ.It is cloudy.
62ᐧᐊᗓᐪ ᘓᘇᗙᐁᘆᐣᑓ.It is getting cloudy.
63ᘇᐁᗟᒡᗠᒡ ᘆᐣᙂᐣ ᐉᑋ?Do you (one person) think it will rain?
64ᙠᐣ ᐁᘄᔆᗦ.I like the rain.
65ᙓ ᔆᗭᐣᙀ.I like the sun.
66ᘄᘰᗏᙆ.I'm hot.
67ᐅᙆᘆᑊᗏᙆ.We (three or more people) are hot.
68ᐧᐊᙆ ᗘᘄᑊᗒᔆ ᐉᑋ?Is it warm outside?
69ᐧᐊᙆ ᗘᙆᗽᙆ ᐉᑋ?Is it cold outside?
70ᘇᗟᘗᔆ ᘆᐣᙂᐣ ᐉᑋ?Do you (one person) think it will snow?
71ᐊ, ᐧᐊᗓᐪ ᘇᗙᘆᘛᙆ.Yes, it is starting to snow.
72ᘇᘗᔆ.It is snowing.
73ᘇᙒᐣᘬ ᐉᑋ?Are you cold (one person)?
74ᘇᙓᑋᘬ ᐉᑋ?Are you cold (two or more people)?
75ᘇᙐᔆᘬ.I'm cold.
76ᘇᔆᘬ ᐉᑋ?Is he cold?
77ᗡᐧᐁᔆᑓ.I'm thirsty.
78ᐣᑐᘇ ᗡᐧᐁᔆᑓ?Is he thirsty?
79ᗡᐧᐁᐣᑓ ᐉᑋ?Are you (one person) thirsty?
80ᗡᐧᐁᑋᑓ ᐉᑋ?Are you (two or more people) thirsty?
81ᐣᑕᘆᓑᐅᐉ ᐉᑋ?Are you (one person) hungry?
82ᐣᙪᑓᑋ ᘇᙆᗟᑔᒡ?When do we eat (three or more people)?
83ᐧᐊᗓᐪ ᘇᐧᙧᑕᐉ.Let's eat (three or more people).
84ᐧᐅᘎᙠ ᐉᑋ ᗺᐧᘆᐣᙂᐣ?Do you want some more food (one person)?
85ᐊ, ᐅᘎᙠ ᗺᘄᔆᙂᐣ.Yes, I'll have some more.
86ᐧᐊᐣᑌᑋ, ᐧᐅᘅᔆᑕᐉ.No, I am full.
87ᐣᑓᐣᑕᑋ ᐉᑋ?Are you (one person) hurt?
88ᐣᑓᔆᑕᑋ ᐉᑋ?Is he hurt?
89ᐣᙪ ᘧ ᐯᐣᗦ?Where do you (one person) live?
90ᐣᙪ ᘧ ᗘᗦ?Where does he live?
91ᔆᘏᑋ ᗡᗭ ᗘᙆᐧᐊᐉ.My house is by the shore.
92ᑕᗸᒡ ᘐᐣᗽᐪ ᗘᔆᗦ.I live on the Reserve.
93ᘅᑎ ᘐᐣᗽᐪ ᗘᔆᗦ.I live in town.
94ᔆᗏᑓᗡᐣᘓᒡ ᐉᑋ?Do you (one person) want a ride?
95ᔆᗏᑓᗟᐧᐅᔆ ᐉᑋ?Do you (2 people) want a ride?
96ᔆᗏᑓᗟᑐᒡ ᐉᑋ?Do you (three or more people) want a ride?
97ᐣᙪ ᗟᐣᘓ?Where are you (one person) going (on foot)?
98ᐣᙪ ᗟᑋᐧᐊᙆ?Where are you (2 people) going (on foot)?
99ᐣᙪ ᗟᑋᑓᑊ?Where are you (three or more people) going (on foot)?
100ᐣᙪ ᐧᐅᗡᒡᐠᗒᙆ?Where are you (one person) going (by car)?
101ᐣᙪ ᐧᐅᗟᒡᐠᗒᙆ?Where are you (two or more people) going (by car)?
102ᘅᑎ ᗸᘏᑋ ᙩ ᗟᔆᘓ.I'm going to town (walking).
103ᘅᑎ ᗸᘏᑋ ᙩ ᗟᔆᗸᙆ.I'm going to town (by car).
104ᘁᗭᐣᑓᐩᐯf ᙩ ᗟᔆᘓ.I'm going to Vanderhoof.
105ᐣᑕᐉ ᘧ ᐣᘎᙄ?What is your (one person's) name?
106ᐣᑕᐉ ᘧ ᗨᙄ?What is his name?
107ᘖᑋᐣ ᔆᙩᐪᘆ.My name is John.
108ᑕᗸᒡ ᘇᐉᘅᙆᗺᐉ ᐁᗡᔆᗷᒡ ᐯᐠᗕᐧᘄᔆᙂᐣ.I want to buy some Indian handcrafts.
109ᐣᑕᐉ ᐁᗡᐣᗷᒡ ᐁᐠᗕᘆᐣᙂᐣ?What do you (one person) want to buy?
110ᗸᔆᐟᗒᐪ ᐉᐣᗦ?Do you (one person) have any moccasins?
111ᐊ, ᐧᐈᐧᐅᔆᗦ.Yes, I have some.
112ᐧᐊᐣᑌᑋ ᐧᐈᙂᔆᗦᑋ.No, I don't have any.
113ᑕᒡᙜ ᗺᐧᘆᐣᙂᐣ?What size do you (one person) want?
114ᒡᗽᑐᓑᐷ ᐧᐉᒡᙜ ᗺᐧᘄᔆᙂᐣ.I want a size 8.
115ᑕᘅᑊᙣᐟ ᐱᐧᐅᐣᗣᑋ?How much do they cost?
116ᘧᘅᙄ ᑐᔆᘼᔆ ᐱᐧᐅᐣᗣᑋ.They cost $10.00.
118ᐊ, ᗒᔆᙛᐪ ᙒ.Yes, I'll take those.
119ᗡᘢᐠ ᗺᐧᘆᐣᙂᐣ ᐉᑋ?Do you (one person) want some fresh salmon?
120ᐊ, ᘊᙒ.Yes, thank you.
121ᐧᐊᐣᑌᑋ, ᘳᐉ ᐅᔆᗦ. ᔆᘇᙠᑔᐣᘬ.No, thank you, I have lots.
122ᐧᐅᙣᐣ ᙐᗱᐉ ᗺᐧᘆᐣᙂᐣ ᐉᑋ?Do you (one person) want some dried meat?
123`ᐅᙣᐣ ᙐᗱᐉ ᗺᐧᘇᑋᙂᐣ ᐉᑋ?Do you (two or more people) want some dried meat?
124ᐊ, ᔆᗭ ᐣᙀ.Yes, it is delicious to me.
125ᗡᘢᐠ ᙐᗴᐉ ᗺᐧᘆᐣᙂᐣ ᐉᑋ?Do you (one person) want some dried salmon?
126ᗡᘢᐠ ᙐᗴᐉ ᗺᘇᑋᙂᐣ ᐉᑋ?Do you (two or more people) want some dried salmon?
127ᒡᘁᗓᐣᙜ ᒼᗭᐣᙀ ᐉᑋ?Do you (one person) like sturgeon?
128ᐊ, ᒡᘁᗓᐣᙜ ᔆᗭᐣᙀ.Yes, sturgeon is good.
129ᘍᐉ ᗺᐧᘆᐣᙂᐣ ᐉᑋ?Do you want some fresh berries?
130ᘍᐉ ᙐᗱᐉ ᗺᐧᘆᐣᙂᐣ ᐉᑋ?Do you want some dried berries?
131ᐧᐊᐣᑌᑋ, ᐧᐅᘅᔆᑕᐉ.No, I'm full.
132ᗺᗡᐣᗦᒡ ᙫ ᗡᐣᘓᐉᒡ ᐉᑋ?Are you (one person) going trapping?
133ᐊ, ᗺᗟᔆᗦᒡ.Yes, I'm going trapping.
134ᐣᙪ ᘧ ᐣᗸᘏᑋ?Where is your trap-line?
135ᐣᑐᐟ ᗙᒡᘐᔆᗽᐪ.It is up the Nulki hills.
136ᘂᒡᗷᐉᑋ ᗪᐣᗽᐪ ᗘᘇᐪ.It is around Nulki Lake.
137ᐣᑕᐉ ᗺᐧᗡᘆᒡ?What are you (one person) going to set traps for?
138ᙦ ᗺᐧᗟᔆᘆᒡ.I will set traps for beaver.
139ᗟᒡᘔᔆ ᗺᐧᗟᔆᘆᒡ.I will set traps for mink.
140ᙝᘆᑋ ᗺᐧᗟᔆᘆᒡ.I will set traps for marten.
141ᑐᘆ ᗺᐧᗡᐣᗦᒡ ᐉᑋ?Are you (one person) going to hunt moose?
142ᑐᘆ ᗺᐧᗟᑋᗦᒡ ᐉᑋ?Are you (two or more people) going to hunt moose?
143ᐊ, ᑐᘆ ᗺᐧᗟᔆᗦᒡ.Yes, I am going to hunt moose.
144ᐧᐊᐣᑔᐪ ᙋᐣ ᗟᐧᗡᐣᘥᒡ ᐉᑋ?Are you (one person) going to set a net today?
145ᐧᐊᐣᑔᐪ ᙋᐣ ᗟᐧᗟᑋᘥᒡ ᐉᑋ?Are you (two or more people) going to set a net today?
146ᐊ, ᗫᐪ ᗺᐧᘄᔆᙂᐣ.Yes, I want some char.
147ᐊ, ᗫᐪ ᗺᐧᙩᘆᐣᙂᐣ.Yes, we (three or more people) want some char.
148ᐧᐊᗓᐪ ᐧᐃᘤᒡ ᗘᙆᘬ.It is springtime.
149ᐧᐊᗓᐪ ᙗᐣ ᗙᓑᐱᑋ.It is almost summer.
150ᐧᐊᗓᐪ ᑕᗾᐪ ᙐᘦ.It is autumn.
151ᐧᐊᗓᐪ ᗆᐉ ᙐᘦ.Now it is winter.
152ᙗᐣ ᔆᗭ ᐯᐣᙀ.I like summer.
153ᗪᐣᑓ ᘍᐉ ᗺᙆᑐᗜᑓᒡ.Let's pick berries tomorrow (three or more people).
154ᐳᒡᑕ ᘍᐉ ᙧᘇᐣᘑ.We (three or more people) picked berries yesterday.
155ᙣᒡᙜ ᗺᐧᘄᔆᙂᐣ.I want some huckleberries.
156ᘦᘥᐪ ᗺᐧᘄᑋᙂᐣ?Do you (two or more people) want milk?

℗ 1995 Mary John, Sr.
© 2011 Yinka Déné Language Institute