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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Osage Words

Welcome to our Osage vocabulary page! Osage is a Siouan language, related to other languages like Crow and Lakota Sioux. We have included twenty basic Osage 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 Osage 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 Osage language site for more free resources.

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Osage Word Set

The characters in RED are written in the new Osage font, which you must download here to view correctly. The letters in black are our romanization. Click here for a full pronunciation guide.

English (Français) Osage Characters Romanization
One (Un) WY^X]Y Winxtsi
Two (Deux) TO^PA Thonpa
Three (Trois) TABY^ Thabrin
Four (Quatre) DOPA Topa
Five (Cinq) SADA Satta
Man (Homme) NYKA Nikka
Woman (Femme) WAKO Wak'o
Dog (Chien) VO^.KE Shonke
Sun (Soleil) MY Mi
Moon (Lune) MYHO^DO^ Mihonton
Water (Eau) NY Ni

Click here to see Osage vocabulary words compared to words in related Siouan languages: Siouan Indian Words

Osage Picture Dictionaries

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

*Osage animal words

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