From the new article in Today’s Parent - Raising our daughters in a (mostly) Inuktitut household... What do you love about the Inuktitut language?
Nancy: Inuktitut is a very positive language. When you’re speaking it, you’re feeding off that positivity, and it makes a difference in how you communicate with people and how you express yourself. For example, when we ask, “How are you doing?” we say “Qanuinngilatiit?” which translates to “Are you doing well?” It’s just a small difference, but there is a distinct optimism.
Andrew: For me, I love the connection between language and the people. It’s hard to explain until you experience it. I remember one time after I had caught my first bearded seal. That is a big deal in Inuit culture and Nancy’s dad made me go around and deliver meat to all of the community elders. Having to communicate with so many people who didn’t speak English was sort of an immersion program. I learned so much during those two weeks, both in terms of how to speak, but also about the community.