Language Nest Curriculum
Our Language Nest Program has prepared some fun materials to get you started on your Anishinaabemowin journey. Browse the materials on this page to learn useful words and phrases at your own pace.
Miigwemin Anishinaabemowin kidwin.
We are giving you our Language.
Boozoo Aanii. Gchi nendam wii bizinwiiyaang Anishinaabemowin.
Welcome, hi! We are very happy that you are listening to us talking our Ojibwe Language.
Ga Kinoomaago waashi anishinaabemiiyeg. Aabjitoon na waa noongom kidying noondaameg pane.
We are teaching how to speak Ojibwe. Use what you hear today, always.
Gago gach ken.
Don't be shy.
Naanaag aitwishin kidan miinwaa gaa kidiyaang.
Listen to what is said, say what was said, and repeat what you hear.
Nogoding miinwaa gego mensengen.
Once again, don't be bashful.
Ahaaw, ga maajtaamin.
Okay, we will start.
Language Nest and Anishinaabemowin Naaknigewin, Elder's Steering Committee
Zhaginaashii taagzi - Ojibwe words that sound like English
These are Ojibwe words that sound like English words. Click back and forth to see all 12 drawings.
Bezhig maanda kidwin bzindan endaaso giizhigad - Word a Day
A word a day is an easy way to learn Ojibwe. Visit us whenever you want to learn a new word!
You can read and listen to the entire word-a-day collection here: 365 Days of Words
Jina G'anishinaabemtaadmin - We'll talk Ojibwe for a little bit
Vowels and Syllables in Anishinaabemowin
Anishinaabemowin, the Ojibwe language, uses only 19 letters of the 26 in the English alphabet to form vowels and consonants.
There are long vowels and short vowels.
Mii iw nakw entaagwak. (that is the sound these make)
This fun song will help you recall the vowel sounds of our language: Kidwinesan
These are the syllables that make of Ojibwe words. (syllables marked with * are very scarce).
There are no sounds in the Ojibwe language for the letters: f, l, q, r, u, v, x