Boozhoo niijii-bimaadizidog!


Here are some phrases for a favorite activity among immersion school parents: getting bossy with your kids! These are useful for coming inside and going outside.




Nashke, anishinaabedog!

Here is a basic introductory speech in Ojibwemowin. I have included an audio file below.


This is taken from the Ojibwemowin Zagaswe'iding (Ojibwe Language Table) in Minneapolis. We used several versions of this so that everyone could introduce themselves in Ojibwemowin. The goal was to keep adding to these introductory speeches, so I will be adding components.



The goal for most Indigenous language revitalization efforts is to bring the language back into the home.  For that to happen, though, Indigenous language learners need to master the vocabulary of home and family life.  Many Ojibwe language students learned (or are learning) Ojibwemowin as a second language, and using materials (such as dictionaries, phrase books, and the like) which may not adequately cover domestic life and family relations.  This book, Aaniin Ekidong, attempts to fill in some gaps, covering more aspects of home life, self- and other care, and bodily functions. 


Additionally, since many of the contributors to the Ojibwe Vocabulary Project teach in immersion schools and want to support the parents/guardians of their students in learning Ojibwemowin to extend the immersion environment, this book also contains vocabulary used in school curricula.  That means that terms used in math, science, social science, and other subjects that aren't well represented in other Ojibwemowin learning materials are presented here.


So, if you want to expand your vocabulary to both cover several types of passing gas (boogijiiwi = stress fart, fart from lifting a heavy object), or to talk about the US Constitution and basic treaty federalism in Ojibwemowin, this book is a good start.



Ninga-kagwejitoon ji ojibwemoyaanomaa.  Niin sa bangi eta go ninita-ojibwem.

I will try using Ojibwe here.  I only know how to speak Ojibwe a little bit.  My teachers have been Delores Wakefield, Collins OakGrove, Tony Treuer, Pebaamibines Dennis Jones, Gwayakogaabow Rick Gresczyk, Naawigiizis Jim Clark, Tobasonakwut Peter Kelly, Naabekwaa Adrian Liberty, David Bissonette, Waawaakeyaash Keller Paap, Nancy Jones, Larry "Amik" Smallwood, and Ojibwemowin Zagaswe'iding in Minneapolis.