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Vocabulary Words in Native American Languages: Chinantec

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

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Chinantec Word Set

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English/Franšais/Espa˝ol Lealao Chinantec Palantla Chinantec
One/Un/Uno jay3 cong2
Two/Deux/Dos aay4 ton1
Three/Trois/Tres aay3 hn°a12
Four/Quatre/Cuatro chiuy3 quiun2
Five/Cinq/Cinco n~ey3 hngii2
Man/Homme/Hombre dsaa4n dsa2ngioh12
Woman/Femme/Mujer mi3 dsa22
Sun/Soleil/Sol n~ih2 hieg2
Moon/Lune/Luna sih3 ts°h2
Water/Eau/Agua jmii3 jm°i2

Click here to see Chinantec vocabulary words compared to words in related Oto-Manguean languages: Oto-Manguean Words

Chinantec Picture Dictionaries

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

*Chinantec animal words

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