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.


Hello
Bōñjoor
Bonzhoor


How          (Actual meaning)          (Slang = Hello)
Tawnishi
Tawnishi


How are you?
Tawnishi  ya?
Tawnishi keeya? 

or

Kamañ   sa   vaa?
Kaman sa vaa?


How are you?          (plural)
Tawnishi   yawow?
Tawnishi keeyawow? 


How is your family?
Tawnishi   ta   famē?
Tawnishi ta famee? 


Come in          (general)
Awñtrā
Aantray


Come on in
Pēhtigwā
Peehtigway


Come on in you guys          (plural)
Pēhtigwāk
Peehtigwayk


I am glad / happy to meet you
Ni   itehn   aeñ   nakishkawtitawn
Ni meeyeuhitehn aen nakishkawtitawn


I am glad / happy to meet you guys          (plural)
Ni   itehn   aeñ   nakishkawtitāk
Ni meeyeuhitehn aen nakishkawtitayk


I am glad / happy to see you
Ni   mēitehn   aeñ  wawpawmitawn
Ni meeyeuhitehn aen wawpawmitawn


I am glad / happy to see you guys          (plural)
Ni   mēitehn   aeñ  wawpawmitāk
Ni meeyeuhitehn aen wawpawmitayk


I am glad / happy to see you again
Ni   mēitehn   aeñ  wawpawmitawn    na
Ni meeyeuhitehn aen wawpawmitawn meena


I am glad / happy to see you guys again          (plural)
Ni   mēitehn   aeñ  wawpawmitāk  na
Ni meeyeuhitehn aen wawpawmitayk meena


It is good to see you again
yawshin   aeñ   wawpawmitawn   na
Meeyahshin aen wawpawmitawn meena


Thank you for coming
Mar   ē   pātouyen
Marsee eekay paytoutayyen


Thank you for coming          (plural)
Mar   ē   pātouyāk
Marsee eekay paytoutayyayk