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Vocabulary Words in the Chon Language Family

These Chon 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 Chonan 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.

If you would like to know a Chon word that is not currently on our page, you can take part in our Native American words fundraiser or visit our main Chon languages site for more free resources.

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Chon Word Sets

English (Français) Ona Tehuelche
One (Un) Shórsh Hauke
Two (Deux) Shóki Jokie
Three (Trois) Shauke Ka'ash
Four (Quatre) Koni shóki Kague
Man (Homme) Chon Allun
Woman (Femme) Naa Karken
Dog (Chien) Uéshn Shamehuen
Sun (Soleil) Kren Sheuen
Moon (Lune) Kre Kenginkon
Water (Eau) Con Le

Additional Resources

   Wikipedia: Chon



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