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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Pomo Words

Welcome to our Pomo vocabulary page! The Pomo languages are indigenous languages of California. Some linguists consider them to be part of the Penutian language family, related to other languages like Havasupai and Karok. We have included twenty basic Pomo 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.

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Pomo Word Set

English (Français) Central Pomo Eastern Pomo Northern Pomo
One (Un) Tato Kalī Cha
Two (Deux) Kaw Xotc Ko
Three (Trois) Sibo Xomka Subu
Four (Quatre) Dukaw Dol Tak
Five (Cinq) Natsu'i Lεma Shal
Man (Homme) Baiya Gauk Ba
Woman (Femme) Mata Da Mata
Dog (Chien) Hayu Haiu Hayu
Sun (Soleil) Da Da
Moon (Lune) Iweda Duwεlā Diweda
Water (Eau) Ka Xa Ka
White (Blanc) Kale Pit'au Kale
Yellow (Jaune) Tsakat Xošilī Tsakat
Red (Rouge) Tas G'ida Ta'ts
Black (Noir) Kili Gili Katse

Click here to see Pomo vocabulary words compared to words in related Hokan languages: Hokan Indian Words

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