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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

What is your name?
Tawnshi eyishinikawshoyan

What is her/his name?
Tawnshi eshnikasheut


My name is…

Her name is (Margaret)
Margaret dishnikasho

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.


How are you?
tawnshi kiya

How is she?
tawnshi wiya

How is he?
tawnshi wiya

How are they?
tawnshi wiwawow

How are we?
tawnshi kiyanan

How are you (plural?)
tawnshi kiyawow

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!


How are you?
tawnshi kiya

I am good.
nimiyou ayaan

I am not good.
nimoya nimiyouayaan

I am hungry.
noohteh gataan

I am sick.

I am thirsty.
noohteh awpawgwan

How is she/he?
tawnshi wiya

She is good.

She is not good.
nimoya miyoyow

She is hungry.
noohteh gatayo

She is sick.

She is thirsty
noohteh awpawgweyo

How are you plural.
tawnshi kiyawow

We are good.
Nimiyou anan

We are not good.
Nimoya nimiyouanan

We are hungry.
noohteh gatanaan

We are sick.

We are thirsty.
noohteh awpawgwanaan

How is your family?
tawnshi ta famee

They are good.

They are hungry.
notay gatayowuk

They are not good.
nimoya miyoiyawuk

They are sick.

They are thirsty.
notay apayagwawuk

Asking More Questions!

We have already talked a little about forming questions with tanshi and the verb
to be, we can make more questions the same way just by adding the correct
question word. Below we will just take a quick look at Who and Where. Click on
the words and phrases and practice them as you learn!!

Who - Awana

Who am I?
Awana niya

Who are you?
Awana kiya

Who is she?
Awana wiya

Who is he?
Awana wiya

Who are they?
Awana wiyawow

Who are we?
Awana kianaan or Awana niyanaan

Who are you (plural)?
Awana kiyawow

Where - Taande

Where am I?
Taande niya

Where is she?
Taande wiya

Where is he?
Taande wiya

Where are they?
Taande wiyawow

Where are you plural?
Taande kiyawow

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.

One way to ask:

Where are you from?
Tawnday pe'oototayan?

I live in Victoria.
Victoria niwiken

A different way to ask:

Where do I live?
Taande wiikiyaan

Where do you live?
Taande wiikiyaen

Where does he live?
Taande wiikit

Where does she live?
Taande wiikit

Where do we live?
Taande aiwikiyaak

Where do they live?
Taande wiikachik

Where do you live plural?
Taande wiikiyaek

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

I live in Victoria.
Victoria niwiiken

You live in Saskatoon.
Saskatoon kiwiiken

He lives in Moncton.
Moncton wikeow

She lives in Moncton.
Moncton wickeow

We live in Ontario.
Ontario niwiikinan

They live in Regina.
Regina wikiiwuk

You live in Alberta (Plural).
Alberta kiniwikinawow

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