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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Salish Words

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

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Salish Word Set

English (Français) Flathead dialect Kalispel dialect Spokane dialect
One (Un) Nko'o Nko'o Niku'u
Two (Deux) Eseł Usel Usel
Three (Trois) Tsełe Tsełes Tse'ełes
Four (Quatre) Mos Mos Mus
Five (Cinq) Tsił Tsil Tsil
Man (Homme) Skaltamiax Skaltumiax Skaltumiax
Woman (Femme) Simmu'em Simmu'em Simmu'em
Sun (Soleil) Spukani Spukani Sp'q'n'i
Moon (Lune) Saka'am Saka'am Saka'am
Water (Eau) Se'ułku Se'uliq Se'ułq

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

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