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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Tuscarora Words

Welcome to our Tuscarora vocabulary page! Tuscarora is an Iroquoian language, related to other languages like Mohawk and Oneida. We have included twenty basic Tuscarora 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 Tuscarora 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 Tuscarora language site for more free resources.

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Tuscarora Word Set

(Click here for Tuscarora pronunciation guide)

English (Français) Tuscarora words
One (Un) Ę:chi
Two (Deux) Né:kti:
Three (Trois) Áhsę
Four (Quatre) Hę'tahk
Five (Cinq) Wísk
Man (Homme) Rę:kweh
Woman (Femme) Akę:kweh
Dog (Chien) Chír or Gís
Sun (Soleil) Híhte'
Moon (Lune) Í:ka'r
Water (Eau) À:we
White (Blanc) Uhwaryá:kę'
Yellow (Jaune) Uchi'tkwáhneh
Red (Rouge) Katkwarà:yę'
Black (Noir) Kahęschi
Eat (Manger) Rachù:rih
See (Voir) Ratkáhthuhs
Hear (Entendre) Rathęhna:ch
Sing (Chanter) Ra'nwę'è:ręh

Click here to see Tuscarora vocabulary words compared to words in related Iroquoian languages: Iroquoian Indian Words

Tuscarora Picture Dictionaries

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

*Tuscarora animal words
*Tuscarora color words

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