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Vocabulary Words in the Oto-Manguean Language Family

These Oto-Manguean 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 Oto-Mangue 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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Oto-Manguean Word Sets

English/Franšais/Espa˝ol Amuzgo Matlatzinca Tlahuica Zapotec
One/Un/Uno NkwÝ Rawi Mbla Tobi
Two/Deux/Dos Tenowi Moo Chupa
Three/Trois/Tres Nndye Roxu Pjiu Chonna
Four/Quatre/Cuatro Đenke Rokunjowi Đitjopikibaly Tapa
Five/Cinq/Cinco 'On Rokut'a Cuit'aa Gaayu'
Man/Homme/Hombre Tzans'Ó Wetmaa Wuendu Nguiiu
Woman/Femme/Mujer Tzansk¨ Xuwi Wuetxu Gunaa
Dog/Chien/Perro KÝtzue' Sini Tsii Bi'cu'
Sun/Soleil/Sol Nd˛'kwjiˇn' Chutata T'untata Gubidxa
Moon/Lune/Luna Chi' ChunenÚ T'unana Beeu
Water/Eau/Agua Ndß Tawi Ndaa Nisa
White/Blanc/Blanco Kýchi' Xiichi Xich Naquichi'
Yellow/Jaune/Amarillo KÝsjan Kj'emu'u K'janjmujly Naguchi
Red/Rouge/Rojo Be Ch'eeye Kjeye Naxi˝ß'
Black/Noir/Negro KÝnton Bojuti Đutjui Nayaase'
Eat/Manger/Comer 'Kwa' Tzitzi Taktzindzi Ro
See/Voir/Ver Jndyia' Ku'tje Lupjoly Rusinß
Sing/Chanter/Cantar Ta KutŰwi Takt'ee Rusiguunda'

Additional Resources

   Wikipedia: Oto-Manguean



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