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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Algonquin Words

Welcome to our Algonquin vocabulary page! Abenaki is an Algonquian language, related to other languages like Lenape and Ojibwe. We have included twenty basic Algonquin words here, enough to provide a basic comparison with related American Indian languages. All the nouns are singular and all the verbs are 3rd person singular ("he or she sings") because many indigenous languages don't have a separate infinitive ("to sing") the way English and French do.

You can find a broader selection of Algonquin Indian words in our online picture glossaries. If you would like to know an Algonquin word that is not included in any of these wordlists, you can take part in our Indian translations fundraiser or visit our main Algonquin language site for more free resources.

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Algonquin Word Set

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English (Franais) Algonquin Words
One (Un) Pejig
Two (Deux) Nj
Three (Trois) Niswi
Four (Quatre) New
Five (Cinq) Nnan
Man (Homme) Inin
Woman (Femme) Ikwe
Dog (Chien) Animosh
Sun (Soleil) Kzis
Moon (Lune) Tibik-kzis
Water (Eau) Nib
White (Blanc) Wb
Yellow (Jaune) Ozw
Red (Rouge) Miskw
Black (Noir) Makadew
Eat (Manger) Mdjin
See (Voir) Wbi
Hear (Entendre) Nndam
Sing (Chanter) Nigamo
Leave (Partir) Mdj or Nagadn

Click here to see Algonquin words compared to words in the Ojibwe and Odawa languages: Anishinaabe words
Click here to see Algonquin vocabulary words compared to words in related Algonquian languages: Algonquian Indian Words

Algonquin Picture Dictionaries

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

*Algonquin animal words
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*Algonquin color words
*Algonquin number words

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