Here is some vocabulary we use in the classroom. Your student will be familiar with them to use at home. Go ahead and try it!
While consonants in Ojibwe sound roughly like their English equivalents, vowels in Ojibwe have their own unique sound. When speaking, an emphasis (or accent) is applied on the first double vowel in a word. Double vowels are the vowels with two letters, with the exception of “e” which has a double vowel or long vowel sound.
|Vowel||Phonemic Sound||Similar English Sound|
|a||uh (similar to letter “u”)||about|
|Biindigen!||Enter or Come in! (when talking to one person)|
|Biindigeg!||Enter or Come in! (when talking to more than one person)|
|Bizaan!||Quiet! (when talking to one person)|
|Bizaag!||Quiet! (when talking to more than one person)|
|Namadabin!||Sit down! (when talking to one person)|
|Namadabig!||Sit down! (when talking to more than one person)|