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Native American Languages: Penobscot-Abenaki Words

Welcome to our Abenaki vocabulary page! Abenaki is an Algonquian language, related to other languages like Lenape and Chippewa. We have included twenty basic Abenaki words here, to compare with related American Indian languages. You can find more Abenaki-Penobscot words in our online picture glossaries. If you need an Abenaki word that is not in these wordlists, you can take part in our translations fundraiser or visit our main Abenaki language site for more free resources.

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Penobscot-Abenaki Word Set

(Click here for Abenaki pronunciation guide)

English (Français) Abenaki-Penobscot
One (Un) Bazegw
Two (Deux) Niz
Three (Trois) Nas
Four (Quatre) Yaw
Five (Cinq) Nôlan
Man (Homme) Zanôba or Gizôba
Woman (Femme) Behanem
Dog (Chien) Alemos or Adia
Sun (Soleil) Gizos
Moon (Lune) Gizos
Water (Eau) Nebi
White (Blanc) Wôbi
Yellow (Jaune) Wizôw
Red (Rouge) Mekwi
Black (Noir) Mkazawi
Eat (Manger) Micimek
See (Voir) Namito
Hear (Entendre) Nodam
Sing (Chanter) Linto
Leave (Partir) Ngadôzig

Click here to see Penobscot-Abenaki words compared to words in other Wabanaki languages: Wabanaki Words
Click here to see Penobscot-Abenaki words compared to words in related Algonquian languages: Algonquian Indian Words

Penobscot-Abenaki Picture Dictionaries

Here are some themed Penobscot-Abenaki word lists we have put together and illustrated for language learners. Feel free to print them out for classroom purposes!

*Abenaki-Penobscot animal words
*Abenaki-Penobscot body parts
*Abenaki-Penobscot color words
*Abenaki-Penobscot number words

Additional Resources

   The Language of Basket Making (Amazon affiliate link)
   Abenaki mythology
   New Hampshire Native Americans
   Indian numeral words

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