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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Ho-Chunk (Hocak) Words

Welcome to our Ho-Chunk vocabulary page! Ho-Chunk, also known as Hocak or Winnebago, is a Siouan language, related to other languages like Ioway and Dakota. We have included twenty basic Ho-Chunk 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 Ho-Chunk 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 Indian translations fundraiser or visit our main Ho-Chunk language site for more free resources.

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Ho-Chunk Word Set

English (Français) Hochunk words
One (Un) Hijâkíra
Two (Deux) Noñp
Three (Trois) Dani
Four (Quatre) Tcop
Five (Cinq) Satcâ
Man (Homme) Wañgrá
Woman (Femme) Hinugijá
Sun (Soleil) Wira
Moon (Lune) Huhawira
Water (Eau) Nina

Click here to see Ho-Chunk vocabulary words compared to words in related Siouan languages: Siouan Indian Words

Ho-Chunk Picture Dictionaries

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

*Ho-Chunk animal words

Additional Resources

   Wisconsin Native languages
   Native American-English dictionary
   American Indian name meanings
   Siouan



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