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Vocabulary Words in the Arawakan Language Family

These Arawakan 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 Arawakan 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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Arawakan Word Sets

Inland Maipurean Island Maipurean Southern Maipurean
English/Français/Español Achagua Baniva del Guainía Curripaco Guarequena Piapoco Resigaro Tariano Yucuna Arawak Guajiro Garifuna Taino Amuesha Ashaninka Asheninka Machiguenga Mehinaku Nomachiguenga Paresi Piro/Yine Waura Yawalpiti
One/Un/Uno Baque Patsià Pada Peya Abéíri Sagú Páada Pajluhuája Ábą Wane Ában Heketi Paterr Aparo Aparoni Paniro Pauitsa Patiro Hatita Satupje Pãwã Paua
Two/Deux/Dos Chámai Enaba Jamada Damtatha Pucháiba Migaakú Yamáda Ijamá Bian Piama Biáma Yamoca Epa Apite Apiti Piteni Mepiama Pite Hinama Gepi Mepĩjãwã Purziñama
Three/Trois/Tres Matálii Terètsi Madalida Mabaitalisa Máisiba Migaakú sagú Manalída Huéeji quéele Kabun Apünüin Ürua Canocum Ma'pa Maava Maawa Mavani Kamayukule Maba Hanama Mapa Kamaukula Kamayunkula
Four/Quatre/Cuatro     Likuadaka   Báinúaca Po'tsáávágaahí Kehpúnipe Pa'ú quéele Biti Pienchi Gádürü Bibiti Pa'tats     Tovaini   Otsibasati   Gepkoxamkoje    
Man/Homme/Hombre Washiaáli Ênami Aachia Inauli Athìari Atsáagí Tsiari Achiñá Wadili Hashichi Eyeri Iro Yacma Shirampari Shirampari Surari Erináu Sërari Ena Exi Enizha Örinau
Woman/Femme/Mujer Íina Néeyawa Inaro Inautam Inanái Ináadó Ínaru Inanáru Hiaro Jiérü Hiñanru Inaru Peno Tsinane Tsinani Tsinane Teneru Tsinane Ohiro Setu Tinezhu Tináu
Dog/Chien/Perro Áuli Tsîinu Tsino Chino Áuri Íiní Chínu Jáahuipirácaná Péero Erü Aunli Aon Ochec Otsiti Otsitsi Otsiti Awajalukuma Otsiti Kacholo Abe Awaulukumã  
Sun/Soleil/Sol Cáiwia Amóshi Heri Kamoi Èeri' Jáhí Keri Caamú Hadali Ka'í Weyu Guey Atsne' Poreatsiri Oorya Poreatsiri Kame Paba Kamai Kaxi Kami Kame
Moon/Lune/Luna Quéerri Ashída Keri Keti Quéeri Keégí Keri Quéeri Kati Kashí Kati Karaya Arrorr Cashiri Cashiri Kashiri Keri Manchacori Kaimare Airi Kezhi Keri
Water/Eau/Agua Shiátai Wéni Ooni One Úni Jooní Uúni Júuni Uini Wüin Duna Ni Nija Jiñaa Nia One Nija One Gonu Uni U

Additional Resources

   Wikipedia: Arawakan



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