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"Greetings Upon Arrival in the Abenaki Language"


"Within our language lies the secrets of our culture."




Kwai! Hello!

Kwai n'nid˘ba! Hello my Friend!

Kwai n'nid˘bak! Hello my Friends!

Kagwi kd'eliwizi? = What is your name?

Pahanemok ta Winnoak! Ladies and Gentlemen!

Alamikawaw˘ganal! Greetings!

Olisp˘zowi! Good morning!

Olikisokw! Good day!

Olipaskwak! Good afternoon!

Oliol˘gwi! Good evening!

Oligek namih˘mek kia mina! It is good to see you again!

Kagwi llit˘gwat! What is the news!

Kagwi'i nospiwi! What's up!

Haw! Hey!

N'wig˘ozi namih˘mek kia! I am happy to see you!

N'wanaskamitobena mina! We meet again!

N'paakn˘wizi! I am glad to see you!

N'wig˘ozi namih˘mek kia mina! I am happy to see you again!

Olipai˘n! Welcome!

Olipai˘n wigw˘m! Welcome home!

Olipai˘n N'wig˘mgamigo! Welcome to my house!

T˘ni kd'˘ll˘ozi? How are you?