Ashaninka Words – Native American Vocabulary

Ashaninka is an Arawakan language, related to other languages like Arawak and Guajiro. We have included twenty basic Ashaninka words here, to compare with related American Indian languages.

Ashaninka Word Set

English/Franais/EspañolAshaninkaAsheninka Pajonal
One/Un/UnoAparoAparoni
Two/Deux/DosApiteApiti
Three/Trois/TresMaavaMaawa
Man/Homme/HombreShirampariShirampari
Woman/Femme/MujerTsinaneTsinani
Dog/Chien/PerroOtsitiOtsitsi
Sun/Soleil/SolPoreatsiriOorya
Moon/Lune/LunaCashiriCashiri
Water/Eau/AguaNijaJiaa

Ashaninka Pronunciation and Spelling Guide (Campa)

The following charts show the pronunciation for the Ashaninka orthography used on our site, as well as some alternate spellings that you may find in other books and websites.

Ashaninka Vowels

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol:Ashaninka pronunciation:
a  aLike the a in father.
aa a· aLike a only held longer.
e  eLike the e sound in Spanish, similar to the a in gate.
ee e·, e: eLike e only held longer.
i  iLike the i in police.
ii i·, i: iLike i only held longer.
o  oLike the o in note.
oo o·, o: oLike o only held longer.

Ashaninka Consonants

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol:Ashaninka pronunciation:
c s, k s ~ kAs in the Spanish alphabet (from which the Ashaninka alphabet was adapted), c represents both a ‘hard c’ (as in cold) and a ‘soft c’ (as in city). It is pronounced hard before ao, or u and soft before e or i.
ch č tLike ch in chair.
cu kw, qukw ~ kwLike qu in English queen.
j  hLike h in hay.
m  mLike m in moon.
n  nLike n in night.
p  pLike the p in pie.
qu k kAs in the Spanish alphabet (from which the Ashaninka alphabet was adapted), both qu and c can represent the k sound in English key).
r  Like the r in Spanish pero, somewhat like the tt in American English butter.
s s sLike s in sun.
sh x Like sh in shell.
t  tLike the t in tell.
ts tz tsLike the ts in tsunami. In some dialects, this sound is not distinct and is pronounced the same as ch.
v w, hu w ~ vLike w in wail or v in veil, depending on the dialect and the following vowel.
y  jLike y in yes).
  A pause sound, like the one in the middle of the word “uh-oh.”

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