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Pronunciation

Updated: 6-27-2011 11:17 AM

Each letter below is given along with an Ojibwe word containing it, and one or more English words containing roughly equivalent sounds. The letters standing for the sounds focused on, are given in boldface in the examples.

In the brief description of Ojibwe sounds given here, some English words containing equivalents for Ojibwe sounds are listed. These are only approximations as each language has its own system of sounds and pronunciations. The actual pronunciation of a speaker of Ojibwe should be followed.

 

Letter

Ojibwe examples

English equivalents

a

agim 'count someone!'

about

 

namadabi 'sits down'

 
 

baashkizigan 'gun'

 

aa

aagim 'snowshoe'

father

 

maajaa 'goes away'

 

b

bakade 'is hungry'

big, spin

 

nibi 'water'

 
 

gigizheb 'in the morning'

 

ch

michaa 'it is big'

stitch

 

miigwech 'thanks'

 

d

debwe 'tells the truth'

do, stop

 

biidoon 'bring it!'

 
 

waagaakwad 'ax'

 

e

emikwaan 'spoon'

café

 

awenen 'who'

 
 

anishinaabe 'person, Indian, Ojibwe'

 

g

giin 'you'

geese, ski

 

waagosh 'fox'

 
 

ikwewag 'women'

 

h

hay'

hi

'

bakite'an 'hit it!'

 
 

ode' 'someone's heart'

 

i

inini 'man'

pin

 

mawi 'cries'

 

ii

niin 'I'

seen

 

googii 'dives'

 

j

jiimaan 'boat, canoe'

jump

 

ajina 'a little while'

 
 

ingiikaj 'I'm cold'

 

k

makizin 'moccasin, shoe'

pick

 

amik 'beaver'

 

m

miinan 'blueberries'

man

 

jiimaan 'boat, canoe'

 
 

miijim 'food'

name, hunger

n

naanan 'five'

 
 

bangii 'a little bit'

 

o

ozid 'someone's foot'

obey, book

 

anokii 'works'

 
 

nibo 'dies, is dead'

 

oo

ookoodena 'town'

boat, boot

 

anookii 'hires'

 
 

goon 'snow'

 
 

bimibatoo 'runs along'

 

p

opin 'potato'

rip

 

imbaap 'I laugh'

 

s

asin 'stone, rock'

miss

 

wiiyaas 'meat'

 

sh

ashigan 'bass'

bush

 

anismosh 'dog'

 

t

ate '(something) is there'

pit

 

anit 'fish spear'

 

w

waabang 'tomorrow'

way

 

giiwe 'goes home'

 
 

bizindaw 'listen to someone!'

 

y

wiiyaw 'someone's body'

yellow

 

inday 'my dog'

 

z

ziibi 'river'

zebra

 

ozid 'someone's foot'

 
 

indaakoz 'I'm sick'

measure

zh

zhaabonigan 'needle'

 
 

azhigan 'sock'

 
 

biizh 'bring someone!'