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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Chinook Words

Welcome to our Chinook vocabulary page! Chinook is a Chinookan language, related to other languages like Kathlamet and Wasco. We have included twenty basic Chinook words here, to compare with related American Indian languages. If you need to know a Chinook word that is not currently on our page, you can take part in our Indian translations fundraiser or visit our main Chinook language site for more free resources.

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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.
English (Français) Chinook words
One (Un) Ixt
Two (Deux) Môkst
Three (Trois) Łun
Four (Quatre) Lakt
Five (Cinq) Kwanm
Man (Homme) Łkwalipx
Woman (Femme) Ła'akil
Sun (Soleil) O'ołax
Moon (Lune) Okłumin
Water (Eau) Łtsuq

Click here to see Chinook vocabulary words compared to words in related Penutian languages: Penutian Indian Words

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   Chinook Indian tribe
   The Chinook Jargon
   Native Americans in Washington
   Pacific Northwest Coast

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