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Native American Vocabulary: Beothuk Words

Welcome to our Beothuk vocabulary page! Beothuk is an ancient language of Newfoundland. Few records remain of the language, though some people believe it may have been related to Algonquian languages like Micmac. We have included twenty basic Beothuk words here, to compare with related American Indian languages. If you need to know a Beothuk word that is not currently on our page, you can visit our main Beothuk site for more free resources.

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Beothuk Word Set

The Beothuk language has long been extinct, so these vocabulary words come from 18th- and 19th-century sources and may well have some errors in them; sadly, there are no native speakers left to verify them.

English (FranÁais) Beothuk words
One (Un) Yaseek
Two (Deux) Adjieich
Three (Trois) Shendeek
Four (Quatre) Dabseek
Five (Cinq) Ninejeek
Man (Homme) Pushaman
Woman (Femme) Imamus
Dog (Chien) Mammasamit
Sun (Soleil) Kuis
Moon (Lune) Kuis
Water (Eau) Ebauthoo
House (Maison) Mammateek
Canoe (CanoŽ) Adothe
Shoe (Chaussure) Moosin
Head (Tete) Keathut
Hand (Main) Memet
Black (Noir) Mandzey
White (Blanc) Wobee
See (Voir) Ejew
Hear (Entendre) Eenodsha
Eat (Manger) Odoit

Click here to see these vocabulary words in Algonquian languages thought to be related to Beothuk: Algonquian Indian Words

Additional Resources

   History and Ethnography of the Beothuks
   Beothuk (Red Indian) Culture
   Beothuk numbers
   Newfoundland Indians
   Online Native American dictionary
   American Native names



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