Friday, February 1, 2008

Ojibwemowin: Gissa namaagad agwajing

The last week of January and the first week of February are often the coldest days of winter. Our phrase for this week - "Gissa namaagad agwajing" - is just right for the season. Gissa namaagad agwajing: It's cold outside.

"Gichi-noo-din" is another phrase we've used in previous programs and applies this week too. Gichi-noo-din: "it's windy".

And, another phrase we used a lot this week, "bii-wan" (be-one): blowing snow.
It didn't snow a lot, but it sure blew hard.

So, Gissa namaagad agwajing... gichi-noo-din... and bii-wan.

The host of Ojibwemowin, Saagajiwe, teaches at Nigaane ("one who leads"), the language immersion program at the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School near Cass Lake.

Ojibwemowin is heard Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:35.

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