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Vocabulary Words in the Chibchan Language Family

These Chibchan words are not spelled phonetically--each word is spelled according to the orthography of its own language, so if you're not familiar with these languages you will need to follow the links to see how to pronounce them. We are working on a second chart transcribed into IPA symbols. We have included twenty basic Chibchan Indian words, enough to give you a feeling for each language. All the nouns are singular and all the verbs are 3rd person singular ("he or she sings") because many Native American languages don't have a separate infinitive ("to sing") the way English and French do.

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Chibchan Word Sets

Isthmic Chibchan Magdalenic Chibchan Votic Chibchan Southeastern Chibchan
English (Français) Boruca Bribri Guaymi Kuna Teribe Arhuaco Damana Kogui Uwa Maleku Rama Bari Chimila
One (Un) E'tse Ek Ti Kwena Kwara Ín'gwi Ingwi Ézua Úbistija Dooka Saiming Itoni Kúttenda
Two (Deux) Bú'k Bök Bu Po Kwupö Móga Mowa Mózhuña Bukája Ppángi Puksak Isamini Búna
Three (Trois) Mang Mañál Mai Pa Kwomya Máikeni Majgwa Máiguñu Bája Poóse Pangsak Bititikori Máana
Four (Quatre) Ba'kang Tkël Boko Pakke Kwopkëng Ma'kéiwa Makegwa Mukkáiwa Bakája Poquái Kunkunbi   Mbríijée'e
Five (Cinq) I'kang Skél Rigua Attale Kwoshkëng Aséwa Ihtigwa Juchíwi Esía Otíni Kwikwistar   Kúttenda jéemekénta
Man (Homme) Abih Wëm Nitocua Tule Domer Cherwa Terua Sigí Séra Ochápac Nikikna Dari Sáawiri
Woman (Femme) Ramróhk Alàköl Meri Ome Walë A'mía Mena Múnzhi Wiwara Curíjurí Kuma Biori Júngwiri
Sun (Soleil) Kak Dìwö Ninguane Ipe Dlo Dzhwi Dzhúi Niuñwi Ra'sa Toji Ninik Jããni Ndíngga
Moon (Lune) Tebe Siwö So Chichi Mok Tíma Saga Sáxa Si'jára Siji Tukan Chibajri Máamasu
Water (Eau) Du Di Chi Tii Di Dzhe Dzhíra Rí'ja Ti Sii Shimini Ndittake

Additional Resources

   Wikipedia: Chibchan



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