Michif Audio Recordings

Michif is the name of the language originally spoken widely among Métis people all across the Métis homeland. There are different dialects in different areas of the homeland and word usage, spelling etc differ across the homeland.
As is the case with many Aboriginal languages, the number of people who can speak Michif today is small, because the colonization process usually included efforts to stamp out the use of languages other than English and French.
Efforts are now underway, however, to preserve Michif and introduce Métis youth to their heritage language. Below are links to recordings of Ontario Michif speakers stating words and phrases in Michif, English and French; by clicking on the links you can listen to the pronunciation of the indicated words, how they are used in a phrase or sentence, while also learning the spelling from the text. (Please note there is a short delay at the beginning of each recording before the audio begins.)

info_iconChristmas Vocabulary in Michif

Michif is the language of Métis people once spoken all across the homeland. Like most Aboriginal languages, the number of Michif speakers declined due to the colonization process that attempted to stamp out the use of languages other than English and French.

Efforts are now underway to preserve Michif, and introduce Métis youth to their heritage language. As part of that effort, the Métis Nation of Ontario has created audio clips of Ontario Michif speakers stating words and phrases in Michif, English and French.  By scrolling down the page below you can listen to the recordings and read the words and phrases.

(Please note there is a short delay at the beginning of each recording before the audio begins. Also, note that this page is only compatible with Internet Explorer.)

Recording One:

Language Word

Sentence or Phrase

Michif
French
English

Tamate
Tomate
Tomato

Mémétre a faitge une soupe tamates.
Grand-mère a fait une soupe aux tomates.
Grandmother made tomato soup.

Michif
French
English

Méguouaine
Louche
Ladle

Mémére menyouaille crii la Méguouaine.
Grand-mère m΄envoie chercher la louche.
Grandmother sent me to get the ladle.

Michif
French
English

Galette
Banick
Banick

Pépére mange li galette ΄èc du beur.
Grand-père mange le banick avec du beurre
Grandfather eats the banick with butter.

Michif
French
English

Katin
Poupée
Doll

Ma katin é belle.
Ma poupée est belle.
My doll is pretty.

Michif
French
English

Tadben (toudbin)
Peut-être
Maybe

Tadben (toudbin) ch΄t΄aime.
Peut-être que je t΄aime.
I may like (love) you.

Michif
French
English

J’mapel
Mon nom est
My name is

J’mapel Adèle.
Mon nom est Adèle.
My name is Adèle.

Michif
French
English

Pi
Et
And

La rob é blanche pi noewer.
La robe est blanche et noire.
The dress is white and black.

Michif
French
English

Mére(momowan)
Mére
Mother

La mere é parti crii ma soeur.
Ma mère est parti cherchér ma soeur.
My mother is gone to get my sister.

Michif
French
English

Squegoon
Pantoufle
Slipper

Passé moé mii squegoon, j΄ai frette au pies.
Apporte-moi mes pantoufles, j΄ai froid aux pieds.
Bring me my slippers, my feet are cold.

Recording Two:

Language

Word

Sentence or Phrase

Michif
French
English

Ou΄s΄qui s΄en va? Ou΄qui va?
A qu΄elle place va t΄il (ou elle)? Ou va t΄il (ou elle)?
Where is he (or she) going?

Michif
French
English

Inque
Juste
Just

Donne moé zen inque un peut.
Donnez mois-en juste un peut.
Give me just a bit of it.

Michif
French
English

Orniak
Orignal
Moose

M’en va a chasse d΄orniak.
Je vais à la chasse à l'orignal.
I am going moose hunting.

Michif
French
English

Ouananiche
Saumon salar
Landlock salmon

Ch΄péche et j΄poigne d΄la ouananiiche icitte
Je pèche et j΄attrape du saumon salar ici
I am fishing and catching landlocked salmon.

Michif
French
English

Vien-t’en
Venez
Come

Vien-t΄en ake moé à messe a-soir.
Venez à l΄église avec moi ce soir.
Come to church with me tonight.

Michif
French
English

Er’gawd
Regarde
Look

Er’gawd moé c’te portrait la
Regarde ce portrait.
Look at this picture.

Michif
French
English

Sh’ai pas
Je ne sais pas
I do not know

Sh΄ai pas c΄que tsu΄m dit
Je ne sais pas ce que tu me dis.
I do not know what you are saying.

Michif
French
English

Dawn cave
Dans le sous-sol
In the basement

Va t΄en dan cave.
Allez dans le sous-sol.
Go to the basement.

Michif
French
English

Ben
Beaucoup
Much

T΄aime tsu ben ca?
Est-ce que sa vous plait beaucoup?
Does it please you much?

Recording Three:

Language

Word

Sentence or Phrase

Michif
French
English

Petack
Patates
Potatoes

Passé lii petack
Passez les patates
Passe the potatoes

Michif
French
English

Pétrave (bette)
Betterave
Beet

Pass moé lii pétraves.
Passez les betteraves.
Pass the beets.

Michif
French
English

Ouaouaron
Rana catesbeiana
Bull frog

Lii ouaouaron chante “passé-moé-ta-rame.
Le rana catesbeiana chante “passez-moi votre rame."
A bull frog sings “pass me your paddle.”

Michif
French
English

Mouille
Pleut
Raining

Y mouille icitte.
Il pleut ici.
It is raining here.

Michif
French
English

Canter
Appuyer
Lean

LI΄échelle é canté su΄l mur.
L΄échelle (l΄escabeau) est appuyée sur le mur.
The ladder is leaning on the wall.

Michif
French
English

Gruger
Mâcher
Chew

Ma p΄tite gruge sa suce pace qu’a mal aux quiques (criques).
Ma petite mâche sa sucette parce qu’elle a mal aux dents.
My little one is chewing because she has sore teeth.

Michif
French
English

Qu’ya
Qui ne vas pas
Wrong

Qu΄est ce qu”ya?
Qu΄est ce qui ne va pas?
What is wrong?

Michif
French
English

Yamass
Beaucoup
Many

Yamasse du monde.
Il y a beaucoup de personnes.
There are many people.

Michif
French
English

Rognon
Rein
Kidney

Mé rognons font mai.
J΄ai mal aux reins.
My kidney hurts.

Michif
French
English

Toutouch
Sein
Breast

Té toutouchs son gros.
Vous avez des gros seins
You have big breasts.

Recording Four:

Language

Word

Sentence or Phrase

Michif
French
English


Il est (ou elle)
He is (she is)

Yé parti dewawr.
Il (ou elle) est parti dehors.
He (she is) is gone outside.

Michif
French
English

Asteur
Ce moment
Right now

M΄en va dewawr asteur.
Je vais dehors en ce moment.
I am going outside right now.

Michif
French

English

Tan minute
Attend une minute
Wait a minute

Tan minute j΄men vien.
J΄arrive, attendez une minute.

Wait a minute, I am coming.

Michif
French
English

M΄â
Je vais
I will

M΄â t΄eul dire ta l΄heur.
Je vais te le dire plus tard.
I will tell you later.

Michif
French
English

Ousse
Où est ce
Where is

Ousse qui va?
Où est ce qu΄il (elle) va.
Where is he (she) going?

Michif
French
English

Chevreux
Chevreuils
Deer

J΄veut juste acheter un permis pour lii chevreux.
Je veux seulement acheter un permis pour les chevreuils
I just want to buy a license for deer.

Michif
French
English

Skiaw
Qui a t΄il
What is it

Skiaw Jos?
Qui a t΄il Jos?
What is it Jos?

Michif
French
English

Suier
Soulier
Shoes

Mé suier son sal.
Mes souliers sont souillés.
My shoes are dirty.

Michif
French
English

Wayzo
Oiseaux
Bird

Wayzo yé mowr.
L΄oiseaux est mort.
The bird is dead.

Michif
French
English

Maniére
Façon
Way

Cé pas d΄bonne maniére
Ce n΄est pas une bonne façon.
This is not a good way.