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Vocabulary Words in the Kiowa-Tanoan Language Family

These Kiowa-Tanoan 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 Kiowa-Tanoan 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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Kiowa-Tanoan Word Sets

English (Français) Kiowa Tewa
One (Un) Pa Wî'
Two (Deux) Yi Wíyeh
Three (Trois) Pa'o Poeyeh
Four (Quatre) Yige Yôenu
Five (Cinq) Ant'a P'ą́ąnú
Man (Homme) Ch'i Sen
Woman (Femme) Ma Kwee
Sun (Soleil) Pay Than
Moon (Lune) P'ahy P'óe
Water (Eau) T'on P'oe

Additional Resources

   Wikipedia: Kiowa-Tanoan

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