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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Arawak Words (Lokono)

Welcome to our Arawak vocabulary page! Arawak, also known as Lokono, is an Arawakan language, related to other languages like Guajiro and Piapoco. We have included twenty basic Arawak 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 Arawak Indian words in our online picture glossaries. If you would like to know an Arawak word that is not included in any of these wordlists, you can take part in our translation of Native American languages fundraiser, consult an Indian language dictionary, or visit our main Arawak language site for more free resources.

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Arawak Word Set

(Click here for Arawak pronunciation guide)

English (Français) Eastern Arawak words
(French Guiana)
Western Arawak words
(Guyana)
One (Un) Ábą Aba
Two (Deux) Bian Biama
Three (Trois) Kabun Kabyn
Four (Quatre) Biti Bithi
Man (Homme) Wadili Wadili
Woman (Femme) Hiaro Hiaro
Dog (Chien) Péero (from Spanish) Péero (from Spanish)
Sun (Soleil) Hadali Hadali
Moon (Lune) Kati Kathi
Water (Eau) Uini Vuniabu

Click here to see Arawak vocabulary words compared to words in related Arawakan languages: Arawakan Indian Words

Arawak Picture Dictionaries

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

*Arawak animal words
*Arawak color words
*Arawak number words

Additional Resources

   Languages of Suriname
   American Indian dictionaries
   Indian names
   Indian numerals
   Arawakan
   Arawak mythology



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