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A very important question!

It is very important to know how to ask and answer this question. Listen to it a
few times and practice it yourself.


Asking Someone for Their Name

English: What is your name?
Michif: Tawnshi eyishinikawshoyan
Category: Asking someone for their name

English: What is her/his name?
Michif: Tawnshi eshnikasheut
Category: Asking someone for their name

Responding

English: My name is…
Michif: Dishinikawshon…(name)
Category: Responding

English: Her name is (Margaret)
Michif: Margaret dishnikasho
Category: Responding

How - Tanshi

How to ask simple questions and respond to them


It is important to begin to look at how to form your own questions in Michif. Just like in English we have question words that we use. Right now we are just going to look at a few basic question forms and give you a few ideas of how to respond to them. Good luck!

How - Tanshi

Add tanshi to the verb niya and you get a greeting.

Examples

English: How are you?
Michif: tawnshi kiya
Category: How - Tanshi

English: How is she?
Michif: tawnshi wiya
Category: How - Tanshi

English: How is he?
Michif: tawnshi wiya
Category: How - Tanshi

English: How are they?
Michif: tawnshi wiwawow
Category: How - Tanshi

English: How are we?
Michif: tawnshi kiyanan
Category: How - Tanshi

English: How are you (plural?)
Michif: tawnshi kiyawow
Category: How - Tanshi

Examples

Responding to “How are you?”

You’ll need to respond when somebody asks “how are you?” Here’s some easy
ways to respond. Notice how easy the structure is once you understand!

English: How are you?
Michif: tawnshi kiya
Category: Examples

English: I am good.
Michif: nimiyou ayaan
Category: Examples

English: I am not good.
Michif: nimoya nimiyouayaan
Category: Examples

English: I am hungry.
Michif: noohteh gataan
Category: Examples

English: I am sick.
Michif: dakoshin
Category: Examples

English: I am thirsty.
Michif: noohteh awpawgwan
Category: Examples

English: How is she/he?
Michif: tawnshi wiya
Category: Examples

English: She is good.
Michif: miyoyow
Category: Examples

English: She is not good.
Michif: nimoya miyoyow
Category: Examples

English: She is hungry.
Michif: noohteh gatayo
Category: Examples

English: She is sick.
Michif: akoshiow
Category: Examples

English: She is thirsty
Michif: noohteh awpawgweyo
Category: Examples

English: How are you plural.
Michif: tawnshi kiyawow
Category: Examples

English: We are good.
Michif: Nimiyou anan
Category: Examples

English: We are not good.
Michif: Nimoya nimiyouanan
Category: Examples

English: We are hungry.
Michif: noohteh gatanaan
Category: Examples

English: We are sick.
Michif: dakoshinaan
Category: Examples

English: We are thirsty.
Michif: noohteh awpawgwanaan
Category: Examples

English: How is your family?
Michif: tawnshi ta famee
Category: Examples

English: They are good.
Michif: miyoiyawuk
Category: Examples

English: They are hungry.
Michif: notay gatayowuk
Category: Examples

English: They are not good.
Michif: nimoya miyoiyawuk
Category: Examples

English: They are sick.
Michif: akoshishaywuk
Category: Examples

English: They are thirsty.
Michif: notay apayagwawuk
Category: Examples

Who - Awana

English: Who am I?
Michif: Awana niya
Category: Who - Awana

English: Who are you?
Michif: Awana kiya
Category: Who - Awana

English: Who is she?
Michif: Awana wiya
Category: Who - Awana

English: Who is he?
Michif: Awana wiya
Category: Who - Awana

English: Who are they?
Michif: Awana wiyawow
Category: Who - Awana

English: Who are we?
Michif: Awana kianaan or Awana niyanaan
Category: Who - Awana

English: Who are you (plural)?
Michif: Awana kiyawow
Category: Who - Awana

Where - Taande

English: Where am I?
Michif: Taande niya
Category: Where - Taande

English: Where is she?
Michif: Taande wiya
Category: Where - Taande

English: Where is he?
Michif: Taande wiya
Category: Where - Taande

English: Where are they?
Michif: Taande wiyawow
Category: Where - Taande

English: Where are you plural?
Michif: Taande kiyawow
Category: Where - Taande

One Way to Ask

Taking questions a little farther

On the previous page you were introduced to Who and Where with the verb –to
be in questions. Lets take it a little farther and look at some common questions
that we ask when we first meet people. The verb in these questions change form depending on who you are asking the question to.

English: Where are you from?
Michif: Tawnday pe'oototayan?
Category: One way to ask

English: I live in Victoria.
Michif: Victoria niwiken
Category: One way to ask

A Different Way to Ask

English: Where do I live?
Michif: Taande wiikiyaan?
Category: A Different Way to Ask

English: Where do you live?
Michif: Taande wiikiyaen?
Category: A Different Way to Ask

English: Where does he live?
Michif: Taande wiikit
Category: A Different Way to Ask

English: Where does she live?
Michif: Taande wiikit
Category: A Different Way to Ask

English: Where do we live?
Michif: Taande aiwikiyaak
Category: A Different Way to Ask

English: Where do they live?
Michif: Taande wiikachik?
Category: A Different Way to Ask

English: Where do you live plural?
Michif: Taande wiikiyaek
Category: A Different Way to Ask

Here are some ways we can respond to the question: “Where do you live?”

English: I live in Victoria.
Michif: Victoria niwiiken
Category: Here are some ways we can respond to the question: "Where do you live?"

English: You live in Saskatoon.
Michif: Saskatoon kiwiiken
Category: Here are some ways we can respond to the question: "Where do you live?"

English: He lives in Moncton
Michif: Moncton wikeow
Category: Here are some ways we can respond to the question: "Where do you live?"

English: She lives in Moncton.
Michif: Moncton wikeow
Category: Here are some ways we can respond to the question: "Where do you live?"

English: We live in Ontario.
Michif: Ontario niwiikinan
Category: Here are some ways we can respond to the question: "Where do you live?"

English: They live in Regina.
Michif: Regina wikiiwuk
Category: Here are some ways we can respond to the question: "Where do you live?"

English: You live in Alberta (Plural).
Michif: Alberta kiniwikinawow
Category: Here are some ways we can respond to the question: "Where do you live?"