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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Choctaw Words

           Welcome to our Choctaw vocabulary page! The Choctaw language belongs to the Muskogean family, related to other languages like Chickasaw and Creek. We have included twenty basic Choctaw words here, enough to provide a simple comparison with related American Indian languages. All the nouns are singular and all the verbs are 3rd person singular ("he or she sings") because many indigenous languages don't have a separate infinitive ("to sing") the way English and French do.

You can find a broader selection of Choctaw words in our online picture glossaries. If you would like to know a word that is not included in any of these wordlists, you can take part in our American Indian translations fundraiser, or visit our main Choctaw language site for more free resources.

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Choctaw Word Set

(Click here for Choctaw pronunciation guide)

English (Français) Choctaw words
One (Un) Achaffa
Two (Deux) Tuklo
Three (Trois) Tuchena
Four (Quatre) Ushta
Five (Cinq) Talhapi
Man (Homme) Hattak
Woman (Femme) Ohoyo
Dog (Chien) Ofi
Sun (Soleil) Hvshi
Moon (Lune) Hvshi
Water (Eau) Oka
White (Blanc) Hanta or Tohbi
Yellow (Jaune) Lvkna
Red (Rouge) Humma
Black (Noir) Lusa
Eat (Manger) Vpa
See (Voir) Pisa
Hear (Entendre) Haklo
Sing (Chanter) Taloa
Leave (Partir) Filvmmi or Issa

Click here to see Choctaw vocabulary words compared to words in related Muskogean languages: Muskogean Indian Words

Choctaw Picture Dictionaries

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

*Choctaw animal words
*Choctaw body parts
*Choctaw color words
*Choctaw number words

Additional Resources

   Mississippi Indian languages
   Names in Native American
   Muskogeans



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