Learn Mi’gmaq

The Jilaptoq Mi’kmaw Language Center has useful interactive Mi’gmaq talking language posters and sample audio files. Note that this orthography is different from the Listuguj orthography (the use of ‘k’) and some words may have slightly different meanings. For example in the verb conjugation poster the conjugated verb is mijisi- which means ‘to eat’, but this is not used in Listuguj because of its similarities with another verb. The word used in Listuguj meaning ‘to eat’ is miji-. Nevertheless, the posters give helpful lessons for those wishing to improve in Mi’gmaq. For a comparison of the Francis/Smith and Listuguj orthographies with their IPA equivalents check here. Here is an additional list of Mi’gmaq orthographies that include contemporary and prior orthographies from the Mi’kmaq Spirit website. Another dictionary for Mi’gmaq is the Rand Micmac Dictionary. Here are some basic phrases provided by Waycobah First Nation School in Nova Scotia.


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About Carol Rose

Carol Rose Little graduated from McGill University in the Joint Honours Programme in Linguistics and Russian Studies in 2012. She began studying Mi'gmaq in the fall of 2011 for a field methods class. Her interests include Algonquian morphosyntax and evidentiality. So far she has spent summers 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 on Listuguj Mi'gmaq First Nations Reserve studying Mi'gmaq and doing linguistic fieldwork.

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