When I set out to look for learning materials on the web, I was initially excited to find so many search results for the language. This excitement quickly faded with the number of 404 - Not Found messages I kept getting on each click of a link. So I've created this space as a repository of resources for learning Anishinaabemowin, or more specifically, Ojibwemowin. With time, I hope it can be of use not just to me, but to others.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Stepping through a course - Lesson 20

Another very short dialog example, continuing on with the imperative and a couple new numbers. I've also included a couple new words and some more imperative practice at the end of the lesson.

Dialog - 
F: Ojibwemon!
M: Gidaa-ojibwem gaye giin.
F: Ambe, ojibwemodaa.
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A line-by-line breakdown:

F: Ojibwemon!
  • Speak Ojibwe!
M: Gidaa-ojibwem gaye giin.
  • Remember that the daa- preverb also means should. He's replying "You should speak Ojibwe too/"
F: Ambe, ojibwemodaa.
  • "Ambe" means "come on", So she says "Come on, let's speak Ojibwe."
* * * * * * * * * * * *

New words this lesson:
  • daa- - should, ought, would (introduced in Lesson 16)
  • ambe - come, come on
  • gaye - also, too (introduced in Lesson 7)
  • ingodwaaswi - six
  • niizhwaaswi - seven

Other new vocabulary:
  • goshgozi - wake up
  • gawishimo - lie down, go to bed
  • zhaaganaashiimo - speak English

More imperative practice:

  • Gego maajaaken noongom! - Don't leave now!
  • Ambe goshkozig! Come on everybody, wake up!
  • Gawishimon! - Go to bed!
  • Ambe, maajaadaa! - Come on, let's leave!
  • Gego zhaaganaashiimoken! - Don't speak English!

We've now completed 2/3 of the course. The next post will be a summary and review of lessons 11-20.

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