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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Straits Salish Words

Welcome to our Straits Salish vocabulary page! Straits Salish, whose dialects include Saanich, Lummi, and Samish, is a Salishan language, related to other languages like Nisqually and Spokane. We have included twenty basic Straits words here, to compare with related American Indian languages. If you need to know a Straits Salish word that is not currently on our page, you can take part in our American Indian words fundraiser or visit our main Straits Salish language site for more free resources.

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Straits Salish Word Set

English (Français) Lummi dialect Saanich dialect Samish dialect
One (Un) Nut'su' Nət'sə' Nəth'ə
Two (Deux) Čusu Čəsə Čəse'
Three (Trois) Łixw Łixw Łixw
Four (Quatre) Ŋ'as Ŋas Ŋas
Five (Cinq) Łq'ačs Łq'ečəs Łq'eyčəs
Man (Homme) Sweyqu' Swəyqə' Swəy'qə'
Woman (Femme) Šłene' Słeni' Słeni'
Sun (Soleil) Sqwuqwul Sqwəqwəl Sqwəqwəl'
Moon (Lune) Łqal'č Łqel'č Łqeel'č'
Water (Eau) Qwa Qwa Qwa'

Click here to see Straits Salish vocabulary words compared to words in related Salishan languages: Salishan Indian Words

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