Vocabulary Words in Native American Languages: Chinook
We have included ten basic words, enough to give you a feeling for each language. All the nouns are singular and all
the verbs are 3rd person singular ("he or she sings") because many Native American languages don't have a separate infinitive ("to sing")
the way English and French do.
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Chinook Word Set
This is a wordlist from the old Chinook language, which has not been spoken for nearly a century. Click the link to see words from the more broadly spoken
Chinook trade jargon.
Click here to see Chinook vocabulary words compared to words in related Penutian languages:Penutian Indian Words