Christmas in greenlandic?

Igel1
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Christmas in greenlandic?

Postby Igel1 » 2010-12-04, 19:37

Hi!
I'm new here in this forum and my english is not very good :blush: ! I'm very interested in Greenland and the greenlandic language :D ! But I just can say a few little sentences. Sarah-mik ateqarpunga! 23-nik ukioqarpunga. Qanoq ateqarpit? :D
Now I have a question: How do you say "merry christmas!" in kalaallisut :?: ?

Thank you very much for your help!
Qujanarujussuaq :D !!

Sarah from Switzerland

deardron
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Re: Christmas in greenlandic?

Postby deardron » 2010-12-17, 0:33

Igel1 wrote:Hi!
I'm new here in this forum and my english is not very good :blush: ! I'm very interested in Greenland and the greenlandic language :D ! But I just can say a few little sentences. Sarah-mik ateqarpunga! 23-nik ukioqarpunga. Qanoq ateqarpit? :D
Now I have a question: How do you say "merry christmas!" in kalaallisut :?: ?

Welcome Sarah! :) Tikilluarit! Uanga Andreimik ateqarpunga.

"Merry Christmass" kalaallisut taasarpaat "Juullimi pilluarit(si)!" :)

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Re: Christmas in greenlandic?

Postby arborio » 2011-01-08, 17:05

Hi Sarah

Just to let you know you are not the only member of Unilang starting on the adventure of learning a little of this exciting language.

My wife has always been fascinated by Greenland. I like comfort and so generally I like a milder climate and gentler beauty, but I can share her interest, and a few weeks ago we began to learn the language.

What learning materials are you using?

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Re: Christmas in greenlandic?

Postby deardron » 2011-01-09, 21:41

Hi Arborio,

I can tell you about my own experience. The materials I've been using are:

Grønlandsk for begyndere I,II (written in old orthography)
Qaagit
Kalaallisut sungiusaatit / Læsestykker in grønlandsk


Also grammar references:

Håndbog i grønlandsk grammatik by Estrid Janussen
Grønlandsk grammatik by Stig Bjørnum

Dictionaries:
GL-DK: http://www.ilinniusiorfik.gl/oqaatsit/daka
DK-GL: http://www.ilinniusiorfik.gl/oqaatsit/d ... 1=&e0=&e1=
(they're also available in hard copies)

Most of these titles are available at atuagkat.gl or Danish online bookstores, although Grønlandsk for begyndere will be certainly hard to get, because it's rather old (but still very good).
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Re: Christmas in greenlandic?

Postby arborio » 2011-01-13, 22:16

Qujanaq, deardron.

The info on learning materials will be really useful - especially as I see from the subsites that Qaagit has audio aids. We'll be ordering those very soon.

I think there must be a pile of "Grønlandsk for begyndere" in a warehouse somewhere, because I found it (both volumes) being offered on the internet by a Danish bookshop. But the postage to England would have cost more than the price of the book! However, Grant and Cutler in London were able to obtain it, and I had only to pay the face value of the book!

We have decided to work through that thoroughly, to benefit from the advantages for a foreign beginner offered by the old orthography, before switching to the "new" system. It will take us a longish time though, because our life only allows about 15 minutes at lunchtime and the same at bed-time, which isn't really enough for serious language-learning. After a point one forgets words more quickly than one learns new ones. But we're doing this for fun, so "soqutaanngilaq" (is that how it's spelt now?).


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