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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Lenape Delaware Words

Welcome to our Lenape vocabulary page! Lenape, also known as Delaware, is an Algonquian language, related to other languages like Shawnee and Ojibway. We have included twenty basic Lenape words here, to compare with related American Indian languages. You can find more Lenape words in our online picture glossaries. If you'd like to know a word that is not in these wordlists, you can take part in our Indian translations fundraiser or visit our main Lenape language site for more free resources.

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Lenape Word Set

(Click here for Lenape pronunciation guide)

English (Français) Lenape words
One (Un) Nkwëti
Two (Deux) Niša
Three (Trois) Naxa
Four (Quatre) Newa
Five (Cinq) Nalan
Man (Homme) Lënu
Woman (Femme) Xkwe
Dog (Chien) Alëm or Mwekane
Sun (Soleil) Kišux
Moon (Lune) Kišux or Nipahëm
Water (Eau) Mpi
White (Blanc) Wòpe
Yellow (Jaune) Wisawe
Red (Rouge) Màxke
Black (Noir) Sëke
Eat (Manger) Mitsin
See (Voir) Nemën
Hear (Entendre) Pëntamën
Sing (Chanter) Naxkohoman
Leave (Partir) Nkatemën

Click here to see Lenape Indian words compared to words in related Algonquian languages: Algonquian Indian Words

Lenape Picture Dictionaries

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

*Lenape animal words
*Lenape body parts
*Lenape color words
*Lenape number words

Additional Resources

   Lenni Lenape Indians
   Native Americans in New Jersey
   Native dictionaries
   Map of Woodland Indians
   The Walam Olum

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