UNIT 2 - LESSON 3 - GREETINGS
In the Cree language, there is no word for 'Hello'. However, the word 'Tawnishi', is now casually used (slang) to say 'Hello'.
In this context, 'Tawnishi' is really the shortened form of 'Tawnishi keeya', which means 'How are you?'
Outside of this context, 'Tawnishi' actually means 'How'.
In Michif, our 'Greetings' come from French and Cree.
How (Actual meaning) (Slang = Hello)
How are you?
Kamañ sa vaa?
Kaman sa vaa?
How are you? (plural)
How is your family?
Tawnishi ta famē?
Tawnishi ta famee?
Come in (general)
Come on in
Come on in you guys (plural)
I am glad / happy to meet you
Ni mēyāitehn aeñ nakishkawtitawn
Ni meeyeuhitehn aen nakishkawtitawn
I am glad / happy to meet you guys (plural)
Ni mēyāitehn aeñ nakishkawtitāk
Ni meeyeuhitehn aen nakishkawtitayk
I am glad / happy to see you
Ni mēyāitehn aeñ wawpawmitawn
Ni meeyeuhitehn aen wawpawmitawn
I am glad / happy to see you guys (plural)
Ni mēyāitehn aeñ wawpawmitāk
Ni meeyeuhitehn aen wawpawmitayk
I am glad / happy to see you again
Ni mēyāitehn aeñ wawpawmitawn mēna
Ni meeyeuhitehn aen wawpawmitawn meena
I am glad / happy to see you guys again (plural)
Ni mēyāitehn aeñ wawpawmitāk mēna
Ni meeyeuhitehn aen wawpawmitayk meena
It is good to see you again
Mēyawshin aeñ wawpawmitawn mēna
Meeyahshin aen wawpawmitawn meena
Thank you for coming
Marcē ēkā pātoutāyen
Marsee eekay paytoutayyen
Thank you for coming (plural)
Marcē ēkā pātoutāyāk
Marsee eekay paytoutayyayk