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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Cofan Words

Welcome to our Cofan vocabulary page! Cofan is a rainforest language of Ecuador and Colombia. It isn't closely related to any other language, but many linguists believe it is a distant relative of Chibchan languages like Bari and Ika. We have included twenty basic Cofan words here, to compare with related American Indian languages. If you would like to know a Cofan word that is not currently on our page, you can take part in our online Indian language translator fundraiser or visit our main Cofan language site for more free resources.

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Cofan Word Set

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English (Français) Cofan words
One (Un) Fue'cco
Two (Deux) Ccoangi'cco
Three (Trois) Ccoanifué'cco
Four (Quatre) Ccattufayi'cco
Five (Cinq) Fuefayi'cco
Man (Homme) Tsandie
Woman (Femme) Pushesu
Dog (Chien) Ain
Sun (Soleil) Chiga
Moon (Lune) Ccovu
Water (Eau) Tsa'ccu
White (Blanc) Toto
Red (Rouge) Cu'a
Black (Noir) Sinje'on
Eat (Manger) An
See (Voir) Atteye
Hear (Entendre) Pañañe
Sing (Chanter) Setta'paeñe
Leave (Partir) Somboye

Cofan Picture Dictionaries

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

*Cofan number words

Additional Resources

   Andean languages
   Ecuador indigenous people
   Native American dictionary

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