Verbs, verbs and more verbs

A List of Common Action Verbs

  1. Zhechké                       To Do
  2. Giwé                            To Go Home
  3. Giwsé                          To Hunt
  4. Ktege                           To plant  (h/s plants)
  5. Bidgé                           To Enter
  6. Zagjesé                        To Go Outside
  7. Mnekwé                      To Drink
  8. Wanké                         To Dig
  9. Wénkwéngé                To Drive
  10. Zgabyenge                  To steer, to drive
  11. Binjegé                        To Clean
  12. Gwdemojgé                 To Fish
  13. Déwé’gé                      To Drum
  14. Gemo                          To sing  (h/s sings)
  15. Bmadgé                       To Swim
  16. Minké                          To Gather Berries
  17. Biskonyé                      To Get Dressed
  18. Giskonye                      To get undressed
  19. Kewabnoje                  To watch children  (babysitting)
  20. Gzhadawso                  Another babysitting
  21. Migadi                         To Fight
  22. Mikchéwi                    To Work
  23. Anoki                           To work for hire
  24. Maji                             To Leave/Go
  25. Bsegwi                         To Get Up/Rise
  26. Nim’edi                       To Dance
  27. Chikaso                        To Play
  28. Bkeso                           To Bathe/to swim  (h/s bathes0
  29. Kedo                            To Say
  30. Neshnabémo               To Speak Indian Language
  31. Zhya/zhye                   To Go
  32. Bya/bye                       To Come/Arrive
  33. Wdema                       To Smoke
  34. Wdeme                       Another way to say to smoke
  35. Wisne                          To Eat
  36. Jibtebe                         To Sit
  37. Nibwe                          To Stand
  38. Bose                            To Ride
  39. Ye                                To be in a certain place
  40. Yawe                           State of being  (h/s is)
  41. Mzhena                       To seize, lay hold of
  42. Mawdo                        To gather
  43. Pkebna                        To pick, to reach up
  44. Dapna                          To pick, to reach down
  45. Dkobjege                     To close a circle, to end things
  46. Debnek                        Reach for s.t.
  47. Bgedna                        To put down s.t., to lay s.t. down
  48. Mdomneke                  To bead
  49. Gokpenage                  To make baskets
  50. Zisbakdoke                  To make sugar
  51. Msenagseke                To go to the movies, to make pictures
  52. Wjanda                        To cook
  53. Gigeno                         To cook
  54. Bmose                         To walk
  55. Bmepto                       To run
  56. Tkemse                        To cross over
  57. Bebamse                     To walk around, to walk about
  58. Zhonyamke                 To have money
  59. Odanke                        To shop, to go to town
  60. Msenege                     To charge things, as in credit
  61. We’e, We’uh               To loan, to give credit
  62. Dbege                          To pay s.t.
  63. Dawe                           To buy and sell
  64. Gishnena                     To buy as in commercial buying
  65. Gishpnedo                   To buy, to shop
  66. Kigdo                           To speak, talk
  67. Nendek                        To think a certain way
  68. Nenmat                       To think a certain way about s.o.
  69. Nendem                      To think
  70. Nagdewenmat             To think of s.o.
  71. Nagdewendek             To think of s.t.
  72. Gchenenmat               To think a lot of s.o.
  73. Mba/mbe                    To sleep
  74. Nweshmo                    To rest
  75. Ensestek                      To understand
  76. Enseto                         To reason
  77. Nbwaka                       To reason
  78. Bsegwi                         To rise
  79. Doki                             To awake
  80. Bkezo                           To bathe, shower
  81. Gzinge                         To wash up
  82. Binchege                     To clean
  83. Binakchege                 To clean
  84. Wawida                       To read
  85. Wawijge                      To read
  86. Wab                             To see
  87. Wabma                       To see s.o.
  88. Wabdan                       To see s.t.
  89. Mina                            To give
  90. Mingo                          To receive
  91. Shema                         To feed
  92. Shemgo                       To be fed
  93. Gzinwnage                  To wash dishes
  94. Bgedna                        To allow s.o. to do s.t.
  95. Bgednon                      To allow s.t.
  96. Binakwe’o                   To comb hair
  97. Gziyabde’o                  To brush teeth
  98. Mneschege                 To put things in order, housework
  99. Doma                          To call s.o.

Author: neaseno

I was born on Powers Bluff in Wood County, Wisconsin, into a traditional community of Neshnabek. I was raised speaking only native languages, and learned to speak English upon entering school at the age of 6. As of this writing, I am one of 5 remaining Heritage Fluent Speakers of Potawatomi.

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