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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Mi'kmaq (Micmac) Words

Welcome to our Mi'kmaq vocabulary page! Mi'kmaq, also known as Micmac, is an Algonquian language, related to other languages like Ojibwe and Blackfoot. We have included twenty basic Micmac words here, enough to provide a basic 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 Micmac 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 Indian translations fundraiser or visit our main Micmac language site for more free resources.

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Micmac Word Set

(Click here for Mi'kmaq pronunciation guide)

English (Franais) Mi'kmaq words
One (Un) Newt
Two (Deux) Tpu
Three (Trois) Sst
Four (Quatre) Nw
Five (Cinq) Nn
Man (Homme) Jnm
Woman (Femme) pit
Dog (Chien) Lmj
Sun (Soleil) Nkset
Moon (Lune) Tepkunset
Water (Eau) Samqwan
White (Blanc) Wapk
Yellow (Jaune) Wisawk
Red (Rouge) Mekwk
Black (Noir) Maqtewk
Eat (Manger) Mijjit or Etlatalk
See (Voir) Nemk
Hear (Entendre) Nutaq
Sing (Chanter) Etlintoq
Leave (Partir) Majsit or Naqalk

Click here to see Mi'kmaq words compared to words in other Wabanaki languages: Wabanaki Words
Click here to see Mi'kmaq words compared to vocabulary words in related Algonquian languages: Algonquian Indian Words

Mi'kmaq Picture Dictionaries

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

*Mi'kmaq animal words
*Mi'kmaq body parts
*Mi'kmaq color words

Additional Resources

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   Algonquian tribes
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