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Greenland

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Inuit

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Fun facts about Greenlandic

The word for 'one' is 'ataaseq', or 'the remaining one (if you take away the rest)'. 'Ten' is 'qulit' meaning 'the upper part', because the upper body has 10 fingers.

A lot of information can be crammed into one word. For example, 'uiqarpoq' means 'she has a husband'.

We borrow the words kayak and anorak from Greenlandic.

Nuuk - the capital - is the Greenlandic word for 'cape'.

The word for computer, 'qarasaasiaq', means 'artificial brain'.

The name for a potato is naatsiiat, which literally means ‘something for which one waits for a long time to grow’.

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