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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Assiniboine (Nakota) Words

Welcome to our Assiniboine vocabulary page! Assiniboine is a Siouan language, related to other languages like Dakota and Lakota. We have included twenty basic Assiniboine 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 Assiniboine Indian words in our online picture glossaries. If you would like to know an Assiniboine word that is not on any of our wordlists, you can take part in our Indian translations fundraiser or visit our main Assiniboine language site for more free resources.

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Assiniboine Word Set

(Click here for Assiniboine pronunciation guide)

English (Français) Assiniboine words
One (Un) Wąži
Two (Deux) Nųba
Three (Trois) Yamni
Four (Quatre) Doba
Five (Cinq) Zaptą
Man (Homme) Wįca
Woman (Femme) Wįyą
Sun (Soleil) Wi
Moon (Lune) Hąwi
Water (Eau) Mini

Click here to see Assiniboine vocabulary words compared to words in related Siouan languages: Siouan Indian Words

Assiniboine Picture Dictionaries

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

*Assiniboine animal words
*Assiniboine body parts
*Assiniboine color words
*Assiniboine number words

Additional Resources

   North Dakota Indians
   American Indian dictionary
   Native American names
   Siouan family

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