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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Nanticoke Words

Welcome to our Nanticoke vocabulary page! Nanticoke is an Algonquian language, related to other languages like Lenape and Massachusett. We have included twenty basic Nanticoke words here, to compare with related American Indian languages. You can find more Nanticoke Indian words in our online picture glossaries. If you'd like to know a word that is not in these wordlists, you can take part in our Indian translations fundraiser or visit our main Nanticoke language site for more free resources.

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Nanticoke Word Set

The Nanticoke language has not been spoken natively for centuries, so these vocabulary words come from 18th- and 19th-century sources and their pronunciation is uncertain.

English (Français) Nanticoke words
One (Un) Nukquit
Two (Deux) Naeez
Three (Trois) Nis
Four (Quatre) Yaguh
Five (Cinq) Nuppaia
Man (Homme) Wohacki
Woman (Femme) Acquahique
Dog (Chien) Al'um
Sun (Soleil) Aquechque
Moon (Lune) Atupquonihanque
Water (Eau) Nip
White (Blanc) Waappayu
Yellow (Jaune) Weesawayu
Red (Rouge) Pschqueiju
Black (Noir) Oaskagu
Eat (Manger) Meetsee
See (Voir) Naamm
Hear (Entendre) Nooantum
Sing (Chanter) Nuckundoh

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

Nanticoke Picture Dictionaries

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

*Nanticoke animal words
*Nanticoke body parts
*Nanticoke color words

Additional Resources

   Nanticoke Indians
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   Native American names
   Indian number system
   Woodland Indians facts for kids



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