Blackfoot Language Guide

 

This Blackfoot language pronunciation guide is excerpted from a series of classes given by Keith Chiefmoon in Seattle, in the Fall of 1998 thru the Spring of 1999.  This web page was created from a recording of Keith’s classes by Chuck Pliske. Clicking on the links will play the actual words spoken by Keith, a Native speaker and spiritual leader from the Blood Reserve in Alberta.  As this is a work in progress, all the phrases and sounds have not been completed.  Check back periodically to see and hear more.

 

 

Hello

O-gyee(Oki)

My name is ...

Nee-dahn ikoo

Who are you?

Tahk ah-keesto?

What's your name?

Tsah gid-ahn ikoo?

Where are you going?

Tsee mah! Kyi-yah-kee tah boohp?

I am going home!

Nee di-yahk-ah-kai!

See you again!

Ah dah mah tsee noo tsee yoop!

Good/Happy morning!

Ee dahm iks kahn-ahdoonee/Ah siks-kahn-ah doo nee

me

Nees dooh

you

Gyee stoo

I'm from ...

Nooh doot-oo ...

The land of the Bloods

Ganws-Ksah Kooy

I'm glad to see you

Git see ksik see muht sinooh

Good night

Ahs ee goo koo

Come in/sit down

Beet/Gim oohtss

Sit over here

Ahmoo-is stoopeet

Eat!

Ooy it!

Drink!

Sim it!

Come here

Boohs-ah-boot

Yes

Ah

No

Saah

Wait

Gikk

That's enough!

Ogyen-yah-yee!

Is that right?

Hunya (affirming   or acknowledgment)

My relations

Nik-sookoo-wah wahkee

Look

Is-uh bit

Sahks-it saht sit

 

 

sing

een ihkit

They're singing

An-ihk-eeyah

Go away

Meestah-boot

Stop

Un yayee

Oh

Hi-you

Creator

Ah bis doo doo-kee

Grandfather/Old man

Nahbee

He's/she's praying

Owah tsim ooy ikhah

The powerful One

Nah Doosee

Help us

Is boom ook inahn

It is I ...

Nees doo won ah goak ... <your name>

 

 

pipe

uh gooy-in-eemahn

red stone pipe

mah-kss kooy uh gooy-in-eemahn

black stone

sik kss kooy

ochre

ah-sahn

sweat/sweatlodge

ih-tsee skahn

stones/rocks

ooh-good-doo-kiks

drum

is doo kim aht sis

men

nin aiks

women

ahg eeks

girls

aak gee-koo waiks

fire

bah-gooy-it-see

it's on fire

ooh bay gooy itsee

they're dancing

A bus ka ya

dancing for the sun

A bus koo-yee-nah dooh see

moon

goo koomee-keesoom

star

gah kah doosee

morning

ksis kah nah doonee

tomorrow

ah bin ukoosee

old lady

gee bee dahkee

old man

oomah ginnah

mother

nah ah

dad

nin-nah ah

elder brother

nees

younger brother

nis gahn

older sister

ninst

my mother

neeksist

my dad

nin

my child

noo goos

my children

noo goosiks

my home

noo goowah

my husband/oldman

nin ahbeem

my wife

nitooh-gee mahn

my dog

nee doom it dahm

my cat

nit-booh-seem

my friend

nee-duk-ah

 

 

what time is it?

Tsay-dooh doo?

it is 8

Ay-dooh-doo-nahneesoo

 

 

"They're looking at us"

es um oo kee ya

buffalo

ee-ne

bear

kyi-yoo

eagle

bee dah

wolf

mah-gooyee

mountain

meestah gee

river

neetah dah

horse

boonoo-kom-it-ah

elk

boonooka

moose

sikeeht-see soo

mouse

kahn-us-kee-na

tree

meest-sis

pine/spruce

ah-pah dook

berries

meeni

 

 

your shoes

gah tsee geests

my shoes

nah tsee geests

my coat

nisookah sin

cloth

nay bis tsee

red

moohk sinutsee

yellow

ootah gooyn ut see

black

sik sin utsee

white

ksik sin utsee

blue

oot-skoyn utsee

green

ses-kseemook-yeen ut-see

 

 

meat

eeksikahgoo

coffee

nee dah pa siksee kimee

tea

siksee kimee

bread

nah ba yin

potato

mah dahkee

fish

mah mee

onions

bee suh tsee nikim

carrot

mees tsee ka bah see

berries

meeni

Saskatoon berries

ooh-goon-ookee

choke cherries

pah gyeep

 

 

one

nee dookska

two

nah dooka

three

nyooks-ka

four

nee sooya

five

nees s-idooy

six

noy

seven

eekh itsikah

eight

nahn-issoy

nine

bikhs-sooy

ten

kee po

twenty

nah-tsip-boo

thirty

nee-yip-boo

forty

nee-sip-boo

fifty

nees-its-ipboo

sixty

nay-ipboo

seventy

eeh kitsik-ipboo

eighty

nahn is-ipboo

ninety

bihk-si-poo

hundred

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