Greenlandic Phrases

The Greenlandic phrases are helpful because they are used daily. Below we picked expressions that a new learner will find useful. We included the audio as well. This is a better way to learning. Learn only what you need. We start with greetings and introduction.

Hi: Aluu  Audio
What is your name?: Qanoq ateqarpit?  Audio
Nice to meet you: Nuanneq naapillutit  Audio
How are you?: Qanoq ippit?  Audio
I'm good, thanks: Ajung illit qujan(aq)  Audio
And you?: Illimmi?  Audio

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Language and Age Phrases

More questions about language and age:

Do you speak (English/Greenlandic)?: (Tuluttut/ Kalaallit) oqalusinnaavit?  Audio
Does she speak Chinese?: Kinamiutut oqaluttarpa?  Audio
A little bit: Immannguaq  Audio
How old are you?: Qassinik ukioqarpit?  Audio
I'm 33 years old: 33-nik ukioqarpunga  Audio
It was nice talking to you: Oqalugatigalutit nuannaraara  Audio

If you don't understand something, this will be your secret weapon:

What do you mean?: Qanoq isumaqarpit?  Audio
I don't understand: Paasinngilara  Audio
I don't know: Nalunarpunga  Audio
Sorry: Utoqqatserpunga  Audio
What is that called in Greenlandic?: Qanoq Kalaallisut oqartapisi?  Audio
What does that word mean in English?: Qanoq Tuluttut oqartapisi?  Audio

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More personal information about origins and profession:

Where are you from?: Suminngaaneerpit?  Audio
I'm from the U.S: USA-minngaaneerpunga  Audio
I'm American: USA-minngaaneerpunga  Audio
Where do you live?: Sumi najugaqapit?  Audio
I live in the U.S: USA-najugaqarpunga  Audio
What do you do for a living?: Sulerisuuit?  Audio
I'm a student: ilinniarnertooquvunga  Audio

Offering or asking for help and giving directions:

Can I help you?: Ikiorsinnaavakkit?  Audio
Can you help me?: Ikiulaannga?  Audio
Where is the airport?: Naak timmisartut mittarfiat?  Audio
Go straight: Siumuinnaq ingerlagit  Audio
Then: Taava  Audio
Turn left: Saamimmut  Audio
Turn right: Talerpimmut  Audio


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Holiday Wishes Phrases

Good wishes in Greenlandic in holidays and occasions:

Happy birthday: Inuinni Pilluarit  Audio
Happy new year: Ukiortaami Pilluarit  Audio
Merry Christmas: Juullimi Pilluarit  Audio
Good luck: Pilluarit  Audio
Congratulations: Pilluarit  Audio

Greenlandic expressions commonly used when traveling or buying:

I have a reservation: Inniminneereerpunga  Audio
Do you have rooms available?: Inissaateqarpit?  Audio
I would like a non-smoking room: Pujortarfiunngitsumiikkumavunga  Audio
How much it costs per night?: Unnuineq qanoq akeqarpa?  Audio
Waiter: Saqisoq  Audio
How much is this?: Qanoq akeqarpa?  Audio
What is this?: Sunaana?  Audio

Survival phrases considered to be important in emergencies:

Are you okay?: Ajunngilanga?  Audio
I need a doctor: Nakorsamik pisariaqartitsivunga  Audio
Help: Ikiunnga  Audio
Call the ambulance: Ambulancenut sianeritsi  Audio
Call the police: Potitiimik sianeritsi  Audio
I am sick: Napparsimavunga  Audio

These Greenlandic phrases can be used in a variety of conversations. If you have already visited our Greenlandic Vocabulary and Greenlandic Grammar, you might want to visit our Greenlandic Flashcards to practice what you learned.

Greenlandic Vocabulary

Greenlandic Grammar


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Did you know? Phrases are the combination of the use of vocabulary and grammar. Mastering the vocabulary and grammar can result in the ability to make useful Greenlandic phrases.