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Vocabulary Words in the Algonquian Language Family

These Algonquian words are not spelled phonetically--each word is spelled according to the orthography of its own language, so if you're not familiar with these languages you will need to follow the links to see how to pronounce them. We are working on a second chart transcribed into IPA symbols. We have included twenty basic Algonquian Indian words, enough to give you a feeling for each language. All the nouns are singular and all the verbs are 3rd person singular ("he or she sings") because many Native American languages don't have a separate infinitive ("to sing") the way English and French do.

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Algic Word Sets

Eastern Algonquian Languages Central Algonquian Languages Plains Algonquian Languages Ritwan Languages
English (Français) Abenaki Lenape Maliseet Micmac Munsee Algonquin Atikamekw Cree Illinois-Miami Kickapoo Montagnais Naskapi Ojibwe Potawatomi Sauk Shawnee Arapaho Gros Ventre Blackfoot Cheyenne Wiyot Yurok
One (Un) Bazegw Nkwëti Pesq or Neqt Newt Ngwut Pejig Peikw Peyak Nkoti Nekoti Peiku Paaikw Bezhig Ngod Nekoti Nekoti Ceesey Čee3iy Ni't Na'ėstse Kúcad Kolin
Two (Deux) Niz Niša Nis Tápu Níisha Nìj Nicw Nîso Niishwi Niiswi Nishu Niisu Niizh Nish Nîshwi Niišwi Niis Nii3 Náátsi Néše Dítad Ni'iy
Three (Trois) Nas Naxa Nihi Síst Nxáh Niswi Nicto Nisto Niswi Neθwi Nishtu Nistu Niswi Nswe Nethwi Nθwi Neeso Nee3 Nioókska Na'he Díkhad Nahksey
Four (Quatre) Yaw Newa New Néw Néewa New New Newo Niiwi Niewi Neu Naaw Niiwin Nyaw Nyêwi Nyeewaa Yein Yeen Niisó Neve Diyóhwad Cho'oney
Five (Cinq) Nôlan Nalan Nan Nán Náalan Nànan Niaran Nîyânan Yaalaanwi Niananwi Patetat Pitaataahch Naanan NyanIn Nyânanwi Nyaalanwi Yoo3on Yooton Niisito Nóho Wehsoghálad Meruh
Man (Homme) Zanôba or Gizôba Lënu Skitap Jínm Lúnuw Ininì Iriniw Napew Alenia Inenia Napeu Naapaaw Inini NIne Neniwa Hileni Hinen Iinen Nínaawa Hetane Kúwi' Peyerk
Woman (Femme) Behanem Xkwe Ehpit Épit Oxkwéew Ikwe Iskwew Iskwew Mitemohsa Ihkweea Ishkueu Iskwaaw Ikwe Kwé Ihkwêwa Kweewa Hisei Ii3ei Aakííwa Hé'e Kabúč Wenchokws
Dog (Chien) Alemos orAdia Alëm or Mwekane Olomuss Lmúj Mwaakaneew Animosh Atimw Atim Alemwa Anemwa Atemu Atim Animosh Numosh Anemôha Wii'ši He3 Ot Imitááwa Hotame or Oeškeso Wóyic Ch'ish
Sun (Soleil) Gizos Kišux Kisuhs Nákúset Kíishooxkw Kìzis Kicikaw pisimw Pîsim Kiilhswa Kiiseθwa Pishum Piisim Giizis Kizes Kîshethwa Kiišθwa Hiisiis Hiisiis Ki'sómma Éše'he Tóma Wonewsleg
Moon (Lune) Gizos Nipahëm Nipawset Tepkunset Niipáahum Tibik-kìzis Tipiskaw pisimw Tipiskâw pîsim Kiilhswa Tepehkiiha Tipishkau-pishum Tipiskaaw-piisim Dibik-Giizis Tpukizes Tepehkî-Kîshethwa Tepeki kiišθwa Biikousiis Biikohiisiis Ko'komíki'somma Taa'é-eše'he Dacawalóyalakwi Wonewsleg
Water (Eau) Nebi Mpi ’Samaqan Samqwan Mbúy Nibì Nipi Nîpîy Nipi Nepi Nipi Nipiiy Nibi Mbish Nepi Nepi Nec Neč Aohkíí Mahpe Húla Pa'ah
White (Blanc) Wôbi Wòpe Wapi Wapék Waapii Wàbà Wapaw Wâpiskâw Waapi Waapesk Uapau Waapaaw Waabishki Wab Wâpeshk Waapa Nonoocoo' Nonoocoo Áápi or Ksikk Vo'kome   Munchey
Yellow (Jaune) Wizôw Wisawe Wisawi Wisawék Wiisaawii Ozàwà Osawaw Osâwâw Oonsaawi Oθaa Uishauau Wiisaawaaw Ozaawi Wisaw Athâw Hoθaawa Niihooyoo' Niihooyoo Otahko Heove Tukáphlaw Taanep
Red (Rouge) Mekwi Màxke Mqeyu or Pqeyu Mekwék Maxkii Miskwà Mikwaw Mihkwâw Mihko Meskwaa Mihkuau Miihkwaaw Misko Mésko Meshkw Mškwaawi Bee'ee' Bee'ee Máóhk Ma'ė Sógohw Pekoyoh
Black (Noir) Mkazawi Sëke Mokosewi Maqtewék Nzukii Makadewà Makatewaw Kaskitewâw Mahkate Mahkateaa Kashteuau or Pinitik Wiipaaw Makade Mukte Mahkatêw Mkateewa Wo'oteeyoo' Wo'eteeyoo Sik Mo'ohta Siswów Wishew
Eat (Manger) Micimek Mitsin Mitsu Mijjit or Etlatalk Miitsuw Mìdjin Mitciso Michisiw Miiciwa Iiθeniwa Mitshu Miichisuw Miijin or Wiisini Mijet Mîchiwa Miiči Bii3ih   Áóoyiwa Emese Bíwił 'E'gah
See (Voir) Namito Nemën Nomihtu Nemík Neeweew or Waapuw Wàbi Wapatam Wâpiw Neemwa or Waapantamwa Aapatamwa or Neemwa Uapatam Waapaahtim Waabi Wabdan or Nabek Wâpatamwa Neeme or Waapake Nonoohooto' Noohooto Ainima Evoohta Walił New
Hear (Entendre) Nodam Pëntamën Nutomon Nutaq Pundaweew Nòndam Petam Pehtam Noontamwa Ehtamwa Pehtam Paahtim Noondam Nodek Ehtamwa Hkawe'še Neniitonoot   Ayoohtsiwa Enesta   Ko'm
Sing (Chanter) Linto Naxkohoman Lintu Etlintoq Naxkoohumeew Nigamo Nakamo Nikamew Neehineewa Nakamoa Nikamu Nikimuw Nagamo Nkemon Nakamowa Nakamu Niibeiinoo   Ainihkiwa Enemene Lóliswił Nrrmry
Leave (Partir) Ngadôzig Nkatemën Nokotomon or Macehe Majásit or Naqalk Ngaleew or Alumsuw Màdjà or Nagadàn Matcaw Nakatew Neekalaaci Nakatamwa Pûshit Nikitaaw or Maachiiw Maajaa or Nagazh Maji Nâkwêwa Nakaala Nonoo3oot   Asaksiwa Enoohta Baktétolił Knekwom

Additional Resources

   Outline for a Comparative Grammar of some Algonquian Languages
   Bibliography of Algonquian Linguistics



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