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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Gros Ventre Words

Welcome to our Gros Ventre vocabulary page! Gros Ventre is an Algonquian language, related to other languages like Cheyenne and Arapaho. We have included twenty basic Gros Ventre words here, enough to provide a simple comparison with related American Indian languages. All the nouns are singular and all the verbs are 3rd person singular ("he or she sings") because many indigenous languages don't have a separate infinitive ("to sing") the way English and French do.

You can find a broader selection of Gros Ventre Indian words in our online picture glossaries. If you would like to know a word that is not included in any of these wordlists, you can take part in our Native American words fundraiser or visit our main Gros Ventre language site for more free resources.

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Gros Ventre Word Set

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English (Français) Gros Ventre words
One (Un) Čee3iy (men's speech) or Kyee3iy (women's speech)
Two (Deux) Nii3
Three (Trois) Nee3
Four (Quatre) Yeen
Five (Cinq) Yooton
Man (Homme) Iinen
Woman (Femme) Ii3ee
Dog (Chien) Ot
Sun (Soleil) Iisiis
Moon (Lune) Biikohiisiis
Water (Eau) Neč (men's speech) or Nek (women's)
White (Blanc) Nonoocoo
Yellow (Jaune) Niihooyoo
Red (Rouge) Bee'ee
Black (Noir) Wo'oteeyoo
See (Voir) Noohooto

Click here to see Gros Ventre vocabulary words compared to words in related Algonquian languages: Algonquian Indian Words

Gros Ventre Picture Dictionaries

Here are some themed Gros Ventre word lists we have put together and illustrated for language learners. Feel free to print them out for classroom purposes!

*Gros Ventre animal words
*Gros Ventre color words

Additional Resources

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   Indian numerals
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