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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Chipewyan Words (Dene)

Welcome to our Chipewyan vocabulary page! Chipewyan, also known as Dene, is an Athabaskan language, related to other languages like Carrier and Navajo. We have included twenty basic Chipewyan words here, to compare with related American Indian languages. You can find more Chipewyan 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 translations fundraiser or visit our main Chipewyan language site for more free resources.

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Chipewyan Word Set

English (Français) Chipewyan/Dene words
One (Un) Įłághε
Two (Deux) Náke
Three (Trois) Taghε
Four (Quatre) Dįghi
Five (Cinq) Solághε
Man (Homme) Dεnεyu
Woman (Femme) Ts'έkwi
Dog (Chien) Łį
Sun (Soleil) Sa
Moon (Lune) Tεdhεzaέ
Water (Eau) Tu
White (Blanc) Dεlgai
Yellow (Jaune) Dεltthogh
Red (Rouge) Dεlk'os
Black (Noir) Dεlzεn
Eat (Manger) Shέti
See (Voir) Yε'į
Hear (Entendre) Yεrítth'į
Sing (Chanter) Hεjεn
Leave (Partir) Tįgha

Click here to see Chipewyan vocabulary words compared to words in related Athabaskan languages: Athabaskan Indian Words

Chipewyan Picture Dictionaries

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

*Chipewyan animal words

Additional Resources

   Manitoba First Nations
   Indian dictionary
   Native American horse names
   Nadene languages

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