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Vocabulary Words in the Chibchan Language Family

These Chibchan 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 Chibchan 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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Chibchan Word Sets

Isthmic Chibchan Magdalenic Chibchan Votic Chibchan Southeastern Chibchan
English (Franais) Boruca Bribri Guaymi Kuna Teribe Arhuaco Damana Kogui Uwa Maleku Rama Bari Chimila
One (Un) E'tse Ek Ti Kwena Kwara n'gwi Ingwi zua bistija Dooka Saiming Itoni Kttenda
Two (Deux) B'k Bk Bu Po Kwup Mga Mowa Mzhua Bukja Ppngi Puksak Isamini Bna
Three (Trois) Mang Mal Mai Pa Kwomya Mikeni Majgwa Miguu Bja Pose Pangsak Bititikori Mana
Four (Quatre) Ba'kang Tkl Boko Pakke Kwopkng Ma'kiwa Makegwa Mukkiwa Bakja Poqui Kunkunbi   Mbrije'e
Five (Cinq) I'kang Skl Rigua Attale Kwoshkng Aswa Ihtigwa Juchwi Esa Otni Kwikwistar   Kttenda jemeknta
Man (Homme) Abih Wm Nitocua Tule Domer Cherwa Terua Sig Sra Ochpac Nikikna Dari Sawiri
Woman (Femme) Ramrhk Alkl Meri Ome Wal A'ma Mena Mnzhi Wiwara Curjur Kuma Biori Jngwiri
Sun (Soleil) Kak Dw Ninguane Ipe Dlo Dzhwi Dzhi Niuwi Ra'sa Toji Ninik Jni Ndngga
Moon (Lune) Tebe Siw So Chichi Mok Tma Saga Sxa Si'jra Siji Tukan Chibajri Mamasu
Water (Eau) Du Di Chi Tii Di Dzhe Dzhra N R'ja Ti Sii Shimini Ndittake

Additional Resources

   Wikipedia: Chibchan



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