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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Esselen Words

Welcome to our Esselen vocabulary page! Esselen is an indigneous language of California. It is not very closely related to any other languages, but some linguists consider it to be a distant relative of Hokan languages like Pomo and Karok. We have included twenty basic Esselen words here, to compare with related American Indian languages. If you would like to know a Esselen word that is not currently on our page, you can take part in our Indian words fundraiser or visit our main Esselen language site for more free resources.

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Esselen Word Set

English (Français) Esselen words
One (Un) Pek
Two (Deux) Ulax
Three (Trois) Kxulef
Four (Quatre) Kxamakxus
Five (Cinq) Pekmakxala
Man (Homme) Efexe or Exenoch
Woman (Femme) Tanoch
Dog (Chien) Canaco
Sun (Soleil) Aci
Moon (Lune) Tomanisaci
Water (Eau) Asanax
White (Blanc) Heleski
Yellow (Jaune) Aciski
Red (Rouge) Maxanaski
Black (Noir) Tumaski

Click here to see Esselen vocabulary words compared to words in related Hokan languages: Hokan Indian Words

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