Ojibway Language Activities

Learn Words

Animals in Ojibway

Learn vocabulary: Learn animal words in Anishnaabemowin with this vocabulary lesson.

Biindigen!

Learn vocabulary: Learn hello, welcom, and animal words in Anishnaabemowin with this vocabulary lesson.

Nature Words in Ojibway

Learn vocabulary: Learn nature words in Anishnaabemowin with this vocabulary lesson.

‘My’ Family Words in Ojibway

Learn vocabulary: Learn ‘my’ family words in Anishnaabemowin with this vocabulary lesson.

‘Your’ Family Words in Ojibway

Learn vocabulary: Learn ‘your’ family words in Anishnaabemowin with this vocabulary lesson.

‘His/her’ Family Words in Ojibway

Learn vocabulary: Learn ‘his/her’ family words in Anishnaabemowin with this vocabulary lesson.

Clothing Words in Ojibway

Learn vocabulary: Learn clothing words in Anishnaabemowin with this vocabulary lesson.

Friendship Words in Ojibway

Learn a phrase: Learn these friendship words and phrases in Anishnaabemowin. You can practice and share them with a special friend.

Kitchen Tour

Learn vocabulary: Learn kitchen words in Anishnaabemowin with this fun vocabulary lesson.

To Dance in Ojibway

Learn vocabulary: Learn the verb ‘to dance’ in Anishnaabemowin with this vocabulary lesson.

To Sing in Ojibway

Learn vocabulary: Learn the verb ‘to sing’ in Anishnaabemowin with this vocabulary lesson.

Count to 3 in Ojibway

Learning Strategy 1: Start small, and then add numbers as you grow more comfortable.

Count to 5 in Ojibway

Learning Strategy 2: Watch Count to 3 and Count to 5 and say the numbers out loud with the kids.

Count to 10 in Ojibway

Learning Strategy 3: Sing the Count to 10 song when you brush your own teeth, or with your kids.

Re-watch Jennifer’s digital story to practise counting in Cree, Mohawk and Algonquin as well!

Loving Words and Phrases in Ojibway

Learn phrases: Practice these loving words and phrases in Anishnaabemowin. You can incorporate into your daily life with friends and family.

Learn Phrases

“What is this called?”

Advanced conversation: Here is an important phrase to have at the ready: ‘What is this called?’ When you are working on conversing, this phrase goes a long way to help you stay in the language! Join language nest members on their kitchen tour.

“Do you take care of yourself?”

Advanced conversation:

Giganawenimin Song

Creative Activity:

Affirmations in Ojibway

Learn phrases: Practice these affirmations in Anishnaabemowin. Say one to yourself or someone you love every day.

Introducing Yourself in Ojibway

Learn phrases: Learn these conversational introduction phrases in Anishnaabemowin. You can practice these into your daily life with friends and family.

“What is your name?” in Ojibway
“Critical consciousness/decolonization”

Learn a Phrase: Learn how to say “critical consciousness/decolonization” in Anishnaabemowin.

Phrases from Onagotay’s Story

Learn a phrase: Deb joins Onagotay to teach us some Anishnaabe phrases from his digital story. Join in their call and response to practice. Be sure to say the phrases out loud!

Speaking in your mouth and through your art

Learn a phrase: Deb joins Onagotay to teach us some Anishnaabe phrases from his digital story. Join in their call and response to practice. Be sure to say the phrases out loud!

Phrases from Armand’s Story

Learn a phrase: Onagotay and Deb break down one phrase spoken by the ancestor in Armand’s story. Practice the words and then your fluency in saying the entire phrase.

Phrases from Osinikwe’s Story

Practice phrases: In this activity, Lynda practices phrases from Osinikwe’s digital story. We encourage you to explore all the digital stories and practice phrases from them as a way to learn the language.

Duck Duck Goose in Ojibway

Creative Activity: Grab a group of friends and play Duck, Duck, Goose in Anishnaabemowin!

Songs and Creative Activities

Niimidaa! (Gangnam Style)

Creative Activity: Memorizing verb tenses can be so boring! Why not make it fun by putting it to music? We learn how to conjugate the verb To Dance with some Gangnam style moves from the language nest kids.

Binojii Shark

Creative Activity: A great language learning strategy is to insert single words into your favourite songs. Baby Shark is a favourite with 5 and unders. And it is a great way to learn family words as they go through baby shark, mommy shark and so on.

I Spy…

Creative Activity: Add nature words in Indigenous languages when you play I Spy!

Another variation:  Make the colours in your Indigenous language instead!

Nimiigwetch Song (Grateful Song)

Creative Activity: Learn an Anishnaabe song by language nest members about gratitude.

Strong Woman Song

Creative Activity: Learn the Strong Woman song with members of the Kingston Indigenous language nest.

Seven Directions Song

Creative Activity: Language Nest members share the Seven Directions song. Notice how the singers move to face each direction. Practice singing with the video, and be sure to move to honour each direction.

gizaagi’in (skinamarinky do)
Kids Dressup Activity

Creative Activity: Play dress-up with your kids (and your grown-up friends too!) to practice different clothing vocabulary.  Put on your favourite song and do a fashion show!

Miigwetch Montage

Learn a word: There are 12 Indigenous language groups in Canada, made up of more than 65 distinct languages and dialects, including many sign languages. In this montage of language nest members, we learn how to say thank-you in many Indigenous languages. Which words are from the traditional territory you currently live on? Which words are connected to your family? Which ones do you want to learn?