Pronunciation

 

Many of the sounds in Mi'gmaq are just like the sounds in English, so we won't spend a lot of time looking at them on their own.

This lesson isn't about learning new vocabulary, so don't worry if you can't remember these words later. We're picking up the sounds of the language before the meaning, just like babies do.

The vowels are:

'u' as in 'food'

'e' as in Canadian 'eh'

'i' as in 'fee'

'o' as in 'snow'

'a' as in 'father'

plus a special one written as apostrophe, ', that is pronounced like the 'uh' sound in 'potato'.

Vowels mostly sound like their English equivalents. However, there is one sound in Mi'gmaq that doesn't exist in English, the Mi'gmaq sound q.

Here are some words with q. Practice saying them to yourself until you feel comfortable with the sound. It's a gutteral sound that you make in the back of your throat.

Don't worry if you don't say it perfectly! As you speak more Mi'gmaq, the sound will come more and more easily.

Vocabulary Section 1
 

goqwei

what

 
 

aloqoman

grape

 
 

petaqan

pie

 
 

pipnaqan

bread