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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Ojibwe/Chippewa/Ojibway Words

Welcome to our Ojibwe vocabulary page! Ojibwe, also known as Chippewa or Ojibway, is an Algonquian language, related to other languages like Cree and Lenape. We have included twenty basic Ojibwe 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 Ojibwe 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 Ojibwe language site for more free resources.

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Ojibwe Word Set

(Click here for Ojibwe pronunciation guide)

English (Français) Ojibwe words
One (Un) Bezhig
Two (Deux) Niizh
Three (Trois) Niswi
Four (Quatre) Niiwin
Five (Cinq) Naanan
Man (Homme) Inini
Woman (Femme) Ikwe
Dog (Chien) Animosh
Sun (Soleil) Giizis
Moon (Lune) Dibik-Giizis
Water (Eau) Nibi
White (Blanc) Waabishki
Yellow (Jaune) Ozaawi
Red (Rouge) Misko
Black (Noir) Makade
Eat (Manger) Miijin or Wiisini
See (Voir) Waabi
Hear (Entendre) Noondam
Sing (Chanter) Nagamo
Leave (Partir) Maajaa or Nagazh

Click here to see Ojibwe words compared to words in the Odawa and Algonquin languages: Anishinaabe words
Click here to see Ojibwe vocabulary words compared to words in related Algonquian languages: Algonquian Indian Words

Ojibwe Picture Dictionaries

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

*Ojibwe animal words
*Ojibwe body parts
*Ojibwe color words
*Ojibwe food words
*Ojibwe number words

Additional Resources

   Minnesota Indian tribes
   Native American Indian dictionaries
   American Indian names
   Indian numbers system
   Algonquian Indian people
   Ojibwe tales



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