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Vocabulary Words in the Tupian Language Family

These Tupian 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 Tupi-Guarani 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 Tupian word that is not currently on our page, you can take part in our Indian words fundraiser or visit our main Tupian Indian languages site for more free resources.

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Tupian Word Sets

English/Français/Español Guarani Xipaya
One (Un) Peteĩ Meme
Two (Deux) Mokõi Buda
Three (Trois) Mbohapy Minam
Four (Quatre) Irundy Duaetuchẽ
Man (Homme) Kuimba'e Sanapu
Woman (Femme) Kuña Sidja
Dog (Chien) Jagua Apu
Sun (Soleil) Kuarahy Kwazadi
Moon (Lune) Jasy Manduka
Water (Eau) Y

Additional Resources

   Wikipedia: Tupi-Guarani

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