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Vocabulary Words in the Tucanoan Language Family

These Tucano 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 Tucanoan 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.

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

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Tucanoan Word Sets

English/Français/Español Barasana Orejon Secoya
One/Un/Uno Sĩgũ Te'yo Te'e
Two/Deux/Dos Huara Tepẽ'ño Caya
Three/Trois/Tres Ĩdiãrã Baba'ñõ Toaso
Four/Quatre/Cuatro Bãbãrĩrãkũ Mĩõyorea Cajese
Five/Cinq/Cinco Kõhõmõkãrãkũ Te'hütürea Jiti
Man/Homme/Hombre Ũmu Ühü Ëjë
Woman/Femme/Mujer Rõmio Nõmĩõ Nomio
Dog/Chien/Perro Ekari yai Yai hoya  
Sun/Soleil/Sol Mũihu Mãĩ Mai
Moon/Lune/Luna Mũihu Mãĩ ñãmĩãki Ñañi
Water/Eau/Agua Oko Oko Oko

Additional Resources

   Wikipedia: Tucanoan

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