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Native American Vocabulary: Bribri Words

Welcome to our Bribri vocabulary page! Bribri is a Chibchan language, related to other languages like Boruca and Ika. We have included twenty basic Bribri words here, to compare with related American Indian languages. You can find more Bribri Indian words in our online picture glossaries. If you'd like to know a Bribri word that is not in these wordlists, you can take part in our Indian word meaning fundraiser or visit our main Bribri language site for more free resources.

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Bribri Word Set

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English (Français) Bribri words
One (Un) Ek/Etöm (round/long)
Two (Deux) Bök/Bötöm (round/long)
Three (Trois) Mañál/Mañàtöm (round/long)
Four (Quatre) Tkël/Tkëtöm (round/long)
Five (Cinq) Skél/Skètöm (round/long)
Man (Homme) Wëm
Woman (Femme) Alàköl
Sun (Soleil) Dìwö
Moon (Lune) Si'wö
Water (Eau) Di'
Tree (Arbre) Kàl
House (Maison) Ù

Click here to see Bribri vocabulary words compared to words in related Chibchan languages: Chibchan Indian Words

Bribri Picture Dictionaries

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

*Bribri animal words
*Bribri body parts
*Bribri color words
*Bribri number words

Additional Resources

   Notes on the Bribri of Costa Rica (Amazon affiliate link)
   Costa Rica Native Americans
   Bribri mythology
   Caribbean map

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