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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Chinook Jargon Words

Welcome to our Chinook Jargon vocabulary page! Chinook Jargon is a trade language, with some of its vocabulary coming from European languages like English and French while other words come from Native American languages like Chinook and Nootka. We have included twenty basic Chinook Jargon words here, to compare with related American Indian languages. If you need to know a Chinook Jargon word that is not currently on our page, you can take part in our Indian translations fundraiser or visit our main Chinook Jargon language site for more free resources.

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Chinook Jargon Word Set

Please note that since the Chinook Jargon is a trade pidgin (mixed language), many of the words in it come from English or French.

English (Français) Chinook Jargon Origin of Word
One (Un) IktFrom Chinook Ixt
Two (Deux) MokstFrom Chinook Môkst
Three (Trois) KloneFrom Chinook Łun
Four (Quatre) LakitFrom Chinook Lakt
Five (Cinq) KwinnumFrom Chinook Kwanm
Man (Homme) ManFrom English
Woman (Femme) KlootchmanCombining Nootka Łóóc, 'female,' with English man
Sun (Soleil) SunFrom English
Moon (Lune) MoonFrom English
Water (Eau) ChuckFrom Nootka Ča'úk

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

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