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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Potawatomi Words

Welcome to our Potawatomi vocabulary page! Potawatomi is an Algonquian language, related to other languages like Ojibwe and Lenape. We have included twenty basic Potawatomi 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 Potawatomi 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 Potawatomi site for more free resources.

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Potawatomi Word Set

(Click here for Potawatomi pronunciation guide)

English (Français) Potawatomi words
One (Un) Ngod
Two (Deux) Nish
Three (Trois) Nswe
Four (Quatre) Nyaw
Five (Cinq) NyanIn
Man (Homme) NIne
Woman (Femme) Kwé
Dog (Chien) Numosh
Sun (Soleil) Kizes
Moon (Lune) Tpukizes
Water (Eau) Mbish
White (Blanc) Wab
Yellow (Jaune) Wisaw
Red (Rouge) Mésko
Black (Noir) Mukte
Eat (Manger) Mijet
See (Voir) Wabdan or Nabek
Hear (Entendre) Nodek
Sing (Chanter) Nkemon
Leave (Partir) Maji

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

Potawatomi Picture Dictionaries

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

*Potawatomi animal words
*Potawatomi body parts
*Potawatomi color words

Additional Resources

   Michigan Native Americans
   Native American Indian dictionaries
   American Indian names
   Indian numbering system
   Algonquian Indian languages
   Nanaboozhoo stories



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