Birthday Party

We went to my husband’s Uncle’s birthday party this evening, and I thought I would make a quick post on how to say Happy Birthday and how old you are in Anishinabemowin. Please note we counted by the winter count instead of years. So your age is however many winters you have lived.

Happy Birthday – Mino Dibishkaan

How many winters old are you? – Aaniin endaso biboonigiziyaan?

I am 34 winters old – nisimidana shi niiwin biiboonagiziiyaan.

Gindaaswinag – Numbers

1 – Bezhig

2 Niizh

3- Nswi

4 – Niiwin

5 – Naanan

6 – Ngodwaaswi

7 – Niizhwaaswi

8-  Nshwaaswi

9 – Zhangaaswi

10 – Midaaswi

To add/ or say and  – shi / ashi

Therefore if you were fifteen winters old you would say Midaaswi shi naanan  (10 and 5) biiboonagiziiyaan

20 – Niizhtana

30 – Nisimidana

40 – Niimdana

50- Naanmidna

60- Ngodwasmidna

70 – Niizhwaasmidna

80 – Nshwaasmidna

90 – Zhaangsmidna