Grammar » 13 » Where You Work & What You Do

In order to talk about where one works and what one does at work, there are some affixes and endings that are good to learn.  Let’s start with -ji which is added to the end of a verb root to indicate someone who does the action described by the root.  It shows up frequently in job titles:

tusâ- to hear a continuous sound
tusâji an interpreter (literally, someone who hears a continuous sound)
paitsi- to care for someone
paitsiji a nurse (literally someone who cares for someone else)

You can add the affix -u- and the ending -vunga to the end of these words to describe what you do:

tusâjiuvunga I am an interpreter.
paitsijiuvunga I am a nurse.

The affix -ligi- is often added before -ji to talk about something one deals with or is involved with:

kenaujak money
kenaujaligiji someone who works with money (a finance officer, accounting clerk or a bank teller)
kigutik tooth
kigutiligiji dentist




-mi is an ending that comes at the end of a noun to express the idea of ‘in' or ‘at' in English.

kenaujakkuvik bank
kenaujakkuvimmi at / in the bank
kenaujakkuvimmi suilaKavunga I work at the bank.
ilinniavik airport
ilinniavimmi at / in the school
ilinniavimmi suilaKavunga I work at the school.

Remember to follow the law of double consonants. If there is a double consonant before the final -k, then the affix -mi simply deletes the final -k sound:

ânniasiupvik hospital
ânniasiupvimi suilaKavunga I work at the hospital.
mipvik airport
mipvimi suilaKavunga I work at the airport.

Note that according to the rules of Inuktitut pronunciation, when the ending -ni is added to a root ending in -t, the final -t softens and becomes an -n sound.