Abenaki Language Tutorial

Conversational Abenaki
Basic Lessons
David Julian Xanatos
Algonquin Medicine Society


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Kwai, agakigamwinno, n'dacowaldam agakimomek alnombaodwawogan
Hello, teacher, I want to learn Abenaki Language
PART 1: Simple Questions Who? Awani?
Who is this? Awani wa?

The Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook People

present The Abenaki Language

A full feature web page that links to many tutorials, definitions, history, names, etc., through online lessons.  Please visit the Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook People website and bookmark The Abenaki Language page to access the following lessons.

The Abenaki Language

The Abenaki language is classified by linguists as belonging to the Algonquin family of Native American Languages. Therefore, there are many similarities between the terms used by the tribes ranging from New England to Northeast and Central Canada, and often it is possible for these distinct groups to verbally communicate.

In our homeland encompassing Southern Quebec, Vermont, New Hampshire and parts of Maine and New York, many modern place names are derived from their original Native pronunciation....more

  New Familiar Abenakis & English Dialogues (full 1884 book online) - Joseph Laurent, Abenakis Chief
Native Languages of the Americas:
Abnaki-Penobscot Language (Abénakis, Alnôbak)

Language: Abenaki-Penobscot is an Algonkian language once spoken by two related tribes, the Abenaki and the Penobscot. Today only a handful of Canadian Abenakis still speak the Western Abenaki language, which they call Alnobak, Alnombak, or Aln8bak (the 8 was used by Jesuit linguists to represent a nasalized, unrounded 'o'). The last fully fluent speaker of Eastern Abnaki/Penobscot has passed on, but several Penobscot elders still speak some of the language and are working to revive its use in the Penobscot Nation today.

Vocabulary Words in Native American Languages: Abenaki-Penobscot - Native Languages of the Americas

More Abenaki-Penobscot words available through Native-Languages.org picture glossaries. If you would like to know a word that is not included in any of these wordlists, you can take part in Native-Languages.org Indian translations fundraiser, buy an Abenaki dictionary, or visit Native-Languages.org main Abenaki language site for more free resources.


We have included twenty basic 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. ...more

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