Word of the Day

The Word of the Day program was launched in February 2017, to promote Inuktitut language and Inuit artwork. The program posts a daily Inuktitut word and/or phrase with translation and pronunciation information and pairs it with Inuit artwork. In winter 2019 the program was expanded to include audio clips of each word and phrase. This expansion was supported through Government of Nunavut Culture and Heritage funding. Check this page daily or follow QIA on FacebookInstagram and Twitter to learn a new Inuktitut word each day.

There are Beginner words, Intermediate words and Phrases for you to listen to and learn.

Beginner Words


Books / ᐅᖃᓕᒫᒐᑦ

U-qa-li-maa-gat


Speaking / ᓂᓪᓕᐊᓂᖅ/ᐅᖃᓕᒪᓂᖅ

Ni-llia-niq / U-qa-li-ma-niq



Counting / ᓈᓴᐃᔪᖅ

Naa-sai-juq





Boating / ᐅᒥᐊᖅᑐᖅᑑᒃ

U-mi-aq-tuq-tuuk



Island / ᕿᑭᖅᑕᖅ

Qi-kiq-taq


Arctic fox / ᑎᕆᒐᓐᓂᐊᖅ

Ti-rig-a-ni-aq


Running rabbit / ᐅᖃᐅᓯᓕᕆᔾᔪᑎᕗᑦ ᐅᓪᓗᒥ

Ukaliq pangaliktuq








Narwhal / ᐊᓪᓚᙳᐊᖅ/ᑑᒑᓕᒃ

Al-lan-ngu-aq/tu-gaa-lik


Narwhal tusk / ᐊᓪᓚᙳᐊᑉ ᑑᒑᖓ

Al-lanng-u-ap tuu-gaa-nga


Owl /ᐅᒃᐱᔾᔪᐊᖅ

Uk-pij-ju-aq


Loon / ᑐᓪᓕᐊᕐᔪᒃ

Tul-li-ar-juk






Spring / ᐅᐱᕐᖔᖅ

U-pirn-gaaq

Season / ᐊᕐᕌᒍᒥ


Starry night / ᐅᓪᓗᕆᐊᒐᓴᐃᑦ ᐅᓐᓄᐊᒃᑯᑦ

Ulluriagasait unnuakkut


Fall / ᐅᑭᐊᔅᓵᖅ

U-ki-as-saaq

Autumn



Fun / ᖁᕕᐊᓇᖅᑐᖅ

Quvianaqtuq


Dream / ᓯᓐᓇᑦᑐᐊᖅ

Sin-nat-tu-aq


Diving / ᐊᖅᑲᐅᒪᓂᖅ

Aq-qa-u-ma-niq



Full moon / ᑕᖅᑭᕆᒃᑐᖅ

Taq-qi-rik-tuq



Lost / ᐊᓯᐅᓯᒪᔪᖅ

A-siu-si-ma-juq


Sewing / ᒥᕐᓱᖅᑐᖅ

Mir-suq-tuq


Love / ᓇᓪᓕᓐᓂᖅ

Na-llin-niq


Sunset / ᓯᕿᓂᖅ ᓂᐱᔪᖅ

Si-qi-niq ni-pi-juq

Intermediate Words

Courage / ᑲᑉᐱᐊᑕᐃᑦᑐᖅ

Kap-pia-tai-ttuq



Vision / ᑕᑯᓐᓇᖑᐊᖅᑕᖏᑦ

Ta-kun-na-nguaq-tan-git


Storytelling / ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖅᑐᐊᕐᓂᖅ

U-nik-kaaq-tu-ar-niq


Twilight / ᓯᕿᓂᐅᑉ ᓯᓚᐅᑉ ᑭᓪᓕᓕᔮᕐᓂᖓᓃᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᖃᐅᒪᓂᖓ

Si-qi-niup si-laup ki-lli-li-jaar-ni-nga-nii-ti-llu-gu qau-ma-ni-nga


Transformation / ᐊᓯᔾᔨᐸᓪᓕᐊᔪᖅ

A-sij-jip-al-li-a-juq


Resolutions / ᐃᓱᒪᑖᕈᑏᑦ

I-su-ma-taa-ru-tiit


Pride / ᐅᐱᒍᓱᓐᓂᓕᒃ

Upigusunnilik


Northern lights / ᐊᖅᓴᕐᓃᑦ

Aq-sar-niit


Low tide / ᑎᓂᙵᔪᖅ

Ti-nin-nga-juq


Leap year / ᐊᕐᕌᒍ ᐋᖅᑭᒋᐊᕈᑖᓂ

Ar-raa-gu aaq-qi-gi-a-ru-taani


Imagining/ ᑕᑯᓐᓇᙳᐊᕐᓂᖅ

Ta-kun-na-nguar-niq


Iridescent / ᐊᒥᐊᖏᑦ ᕿᓪᓕᖅᑐᑦ

A-mi-ang-it qi-lliq-tut


Exuberance / ᖁᕕᐊᓚᑦᑐᖅ

Qu-vi-a-lat-tuq


Dictionary / ᐅᖃᐅᓰᑦ ᑐᑭᖏᑦ

U-qau-siit tu-ki-ngit


Annoying / ᐸᕝᕕᓇᖅᑐᑦ 

Pav-vi-naq-tuq


Legends / ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖅᑐᐊᑦ

U-nik-kaaq-tu-at


Resilience / ᐊᓐᓇᒍᓐᓇᕐᓂᖅ

An-na-gu-un-naq-niq


Mosquitoes / ᑭᑦᑐᕆᐊᑦ

Kit-tu-ri-at

Phrases

Good morning / ᐅᓪᓛᒃᑯᑦ

u-llaa-kkut


Connection, Loving each other / ᓇᓪᓕᒋᐅᑎᔫᒃ

Nal-li-giu-ti-juuk


Riding a snowmobile / ᖃᒧᑕᐅᔭᖅᑐᖅ

Qa-mu-tau-jaq-tuq


On a clear calm day / ᐃᑯᓪᓕᐊᑎᓪᓗᒍ

I-kul-li-at-il-u-gu


Out on the ice / ᒪᐅᓕᕆᐊᕐᓯᒪᔪᖅ

Ma-u-li-ri-ar-si-ma-juq


New opportunities, fresh start / ᐱᒋᐊᑦᑎᐊᕐᕕᔅᓴᖅ

Pi-giat-tiar-vis-saq


National Indigenous Peoples Day / ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒋᔅᓯ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑐᑐᖃᐃᑦ ᐅᓪᓗᖓᓐᓂ

Quviasugissi Kanatami Nunaqaqtutuqait Ullunganni


Migrating fish / ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᔪᑦ

Nal-li-giu-ti-juuk


Living on the land / ᐅᖃᐅᓯᓕᕆᔾᔪᑎᕗᑦ ᐅᓪᓗᒥ

I-qa-luit i-ngi-rra-jut


Literacy, reading and writing / ᐅᖃᓕᒫᖃᑦᑕᕐᓂᖅ ᑎᑎᕋᖃᑦᑕᓂᕐᓗ

U-qa-li-maa-qat-ta-rniq ti-ti-ra-qat-ta-nir-lu



Coldest time of year / ᓇᓕᖅᑲᐃᑦᑐᖅ

na-liq-qait-tuq


Heading in the same direction / ᑐᕌᖅᑐᑦ ᑕᕝᕗᖓᔅᓴᐃᓐᓇᖅ

Tu-raaq-tut tav-vu-nga-ssai-nnaq


Ice gathering / ᓂᓚᒃᑕᕐᓂᖅ

Ni-lak-tar-niq


Hunting beluga / ᕿᓚᓗᒐᕐᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ

Qi-la-lu-gar-ni-aq-tut


Getting ice to make tea / ᓂᓚᒃᑕᕐᓂᖅ ᑏᓕᐅᕋᔅᓴᒥᒃ

Ni-lak-tar-niq tii-liu-ras-sa-mik


Don’t get left behind / ᕿᒪᑦᑕᐅᑦᑕᐃᓕᒋᑦ

Qi-mat-taut-tai-li-git


Deep in thought / ᐃᓱᒪᔅᓴᕐᓯᐅᖅᑐᖅ

I-su-mas-sar-si-uq-tuq


Daylight is getting longer / ᐅᓪᓗᖅᑐᓯᕙᓪᓕᐊᔪᖅ

U-lluq-tu-si-va-llia-juq


Breath of life / ᐊᓂᕐᓂᖅ ᐃᓅᓯᖅ

A-nir-niq i-nuu-siq


Berring picking / ᓄᓂᕙᑦᑐᖅ

Nu-ni-vat-tuq


Asking for something / ᑐᔅᓯᕋᖅᑐᖅ

Tus-si-raq-tuq


The first day of spring / ᐅᐱᕐᖓᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ

U-pir-ngaq-til-lu-gu


The return of the sun / ᓯᕿᓂᐅᑉ ᐅᑎᕐᓂᖓ

Si-qi-ni-up u-tir-nin-ga


Going fishing / ᐃᖃᓪᓕᐊᖅᑐᖅ

I-qal-liaq-tuq


Happy International Women’s Day / ᖁᕕᐊᓱᖃᑎᒋᕙᔅᓯ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᓕᒫᒥ ᐊᕐᓇᐃᑦ ᐅᓪᓗᖓᓐᓂ

Qu-via-suu-ti-qar-niq Nu-nar-jua-li-maa-mi I-nuit U-llu-nga-ni


To have strength / ᓄᑭᖃᕐᓂᖅ

Nu-kiq-ar-niq


Mother’s love / ᐊᓈᓇᐅᑉ ᓇᓪᓕᓐᓂᖓ

A-naa-na-up nal-linn-in-ga


Learning from your father / ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᓂᖅ ᐊᑖᑕᓐᓂᒃ

I lin-ni-ar-niq a-taa-tan-nik


Happy Nunavut Day / ᓄᓇᕘᑉ ᐅᓪᓗᖓᓂ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᖃᑎᒋᕙᔅᓯ

Nunavuup Ullungani Quviasuqatigivassi


Happy Canda Day / ᑲᓇᑕᐅᑉ ᐅᓪᓗᖓᓂ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᖃᑎᒋᕙᔅᓯ

Kanataup Ullungani Quviasuqatigivassi


Spring break up of sea ice / ᓄᓇᓖᑦ ᑐᕙᐃᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᓕᖅᑐᑦ

Nunaliit tuvaiqpallialiqtut


Every Child Matters / ᐃᓘᓐᓇᑎᒃ ᓱᕈᓰᑦ ᐱᒻᒪᕆᐅᒻᒪᑕ

I-lu-un-na-tik su-ru-siit pim-ma-ri-um-ma-ta

On September 30th Orange Shirt Day recognizes the impact the Indian residential school system had on children, families and Indigenous communities for over a century —an impact that continues today. Support Orange Shirt Day and show that everyone around us matters.


Let’s Talk / ᐅᖃᖃᑎᒌᓚᐅᕐᓗᒃ

U-qa-qa-ti-gii-laur-luk

Let’s Talk Day, a day devoted to talking about mental health. Help us spread the word, together we can create supportive communities. Just having an open conversation about mental illness can make a huge difference. ᐅᖃᖃᑎᒌᕝᕕᓴᐅᒻᒪᑦ ᐅᓪᓗᒥ, ᐅᓪᓗᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᖅ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᓕᕆᓂᕐᒥᒃ. ᐅᕙᑦᑎᓐᓂᒃ ᐃᑲᔪᕆᑦ ᑐᓴᖅᑕᐅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ, ᑲᑐᔾᔨᓗᑕ ᐋᖅᑭᔅᓱᐃᔪᓐᓇᖅᑐᒍᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑎᒌᖃᑦᑕᓂᐊᖅᑐᓂᑦ ᓄᓇᖅᑲᑎᒌᓂᑦ. ᐃᓱᒪᕐᓱᕐᓗᑕ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᓗᑕ ᐃᓱᒪᔮᖃᑦᑕᕐᓂᐅᑉ ᒥᔅᓵᓄᑦ ᐱᕚᓪᓕᕈᑎᖃᕈᓐᓇᕕᐅᑎᑦᑐᖅ.

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