Days of the Week

(Lower North Shore Dialect)

Excerpts from the La Romaine dictionary (La Romaine Montagnais Cultural Committee 1978) revised and completed by José Mailhot, with the collaboration of Yvette Mollen, Madeleine Menicapo and Christine Kaltush, February 2006.

vii = Inanimate intransitive verb

ni = Inanimate noun

peikuminashtakan tshishikua : days of the week

Sheshatshiu-aimun
Mushuau-aimun

Verb Forms

minashtakanu vii: it’s Sunday

Sheshatshiu-aimun
Mushuau-aimun

lit: week

Menashtakaniti katshi natshi-aiamiaiani, eku epushian.

Every Sunday, after going to mass, I go out in the row boat.

Tshi minashtakanniti tshe mishakat natukunish itakanu.

They say it’s next week that the doctor will arrive.

ushkat-atushkanu vii: it’s Monday

Sheshatshiu-aimun
Mushuau-aimun

lit: first work

Ushkat-atushkanu ume anutshish.

Today is Monday.

Ueshkat-atushkaniti apu nita nutenakanit atauitshuap.

The store is never open on Mondays.

Ushkat-atushkaniti, apu tshika ut nutenakanit atauitshuap.

Next Monday, the store won’t be open.

Ka ushkat-atushkannit pushipan innu-utshimau.

The chief left on a trip last Monday.

nishu-tshishikau vii: it’s Tuesday

Sheshatshiu-aimun
Mushuau-aimun

lit: second day

Nishu-tshishikati nika natshi-kussen.

Next Tuesday, I’ll go fishing.

Ka nishu-tshishikat ishpanipan tshekuan.

Last Tuesday, something happened.

nishtu-tshishikau or tetau-tshishikau vii: it’s Wednesday

Sheshatshiu-aimun (nishtu-tshishikau)
Mushuau-aimun (nishtu-tshishikau)
Sheshatshiu-aimun (tetau-tshishikau)

lit: third day or middle day

Nishtu-tshishikati nika uapekaitshen.

Next Wednesday, I’ll do the laundry.

Neshtu-tshishikati nanitam nipinikutshen

On Wednesdays, I always play bingo.

neu-tshishikau vii: it’s Thursday

Sheshatshiu-aimun
Mushuau-aimun

lit: fourth day

Nieu-tshishikaniti ishkuteu-ush meshakat.

It is usually on Thursdays that the boat arrives.

nameshu vii: it’s Friday

Sheshatshiu-aimun
Mushuau-aimun

lit: fish

Shash nameshu, tshika punnanu e atussenanut.

It’s finally Friday, we’ll stop working.

Nameshuti nika natashtikushen.

Next Friday, I’ll go shopping.

Ume nameshuti, nika tshiuen.

This Friday, I’ll go home.

Ka nameshunit pushipan innu-utshimau.

Last Friday, the chief left on a trip.

Nemeshuti, apu nita atusseian.

I never work on Fridays.

mashten-atushkanu vii: it’s Saturday

Sheshatshiu-aimun
Mushuau-aimun

lit: last day

Eshku apu mashten-atushkanut.

It’s not Saturday yet.

Miashten-atushkaniti nanitam nitshishtaputshimitshuapen.

I always wash the floor on Saturday.

Nouns

minashtakan ni: Sunday

Sheshatshiu-aimun
Mushuau-aimun

Ume minashtakan nika tshiueun.

This Sunday, I will fly home.

Minashtakannu takushipatapan ninapem.

My husband arrived by car on Sunday.

ushkat-atushkan ni: Monday

Sheshatshiu-aimun
Mushuau-aimun

Ipet nuapamati ushkat-atushkannu.

I saw Yvette on Monday.

Ushkat-atushkan nika pinikutshen.

On Monday, I’ll play bingo.

Ushkat-atushkan ume anutshish kashikat.

Today is Monday.

namesh ni: Friday

Sheshatshiu-aimun
Mushuau-aimun

Namesh ume anutshish kashikat.

Today is Friday.

Nanitam atusseu nameshinu.

He always works on Friday.

mashten-atushkan ni: Saturday

Sheshatshiu-aimun
Mushuau-aimun

Mashten-atushkannu apu tshishkutamuakaniht auassat.

On Saturday, the kids don’t have school.

Last Updated: 2016-12-22 14:48:16

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