Some Anishinaabemowin for comparison…

It is always interesting to see the similarities.

Verbs – Walking

Wiin (He/she) Wiinwa (They) Giinwe (Let’s)

Begin to walk Maajiigaadese Maajiigaadesewok Maajiigaadesedaa
To walk Mase Masewok Masedaa
To walk slow Bejigaadese Bejigaadesewok Bejigaadesedaa
To walk about Pogadase Pogadasewok Pogadasedaa
Walk towards you Biidaasmase Biidaasmasewok
Walk away from you Nimse Nimsewok
To walk out Zaagijigaadese Zaagijigaadesewok Zaagijigaadesedaa
To walk in Biindigegaadese Biindigegaadesewok Biindigegaadesedaa
To walk in circle Biimskwase Biimskwasewok Biimskwasedaa
To walk around something Giiwtase Giiwtasewok Giiwtasedaa
To walk then turn Waanase Waanasewok Waanasedaa
To walk fast Gizhiigaadese Gizhiigaadesewok Gizhiigaadesedaa
To walk fast & hard Kwataangaadese Kwtaangaadesewok Kwataangaadesedaa
To walk across Tkamse Tkamsewok Tkamsedaa
To stop walking Boongaadese Boongaadesewok Boongaadesedaa
To walk backwards Zhewse Zhewsewok Zhewsedaa

To walk in snow Maagwane Maagwanewok Maagwanedaa
In snow towards you Biidaagwane Biidaagwanewok
In snow away from you Nimaagwane Nimaagwanewok
Across from you Tkamaagwane Tkamaagwanewok Tkamaagwanedaa

To walk in water Maadagaa Maadagaawok Maadagaadaa
Towards you Biidaadagaa Biidaadagaawok
Away from you Nimaadagaa Nimaadagaawok
Across from you Tkamaadagaa Tkamaadagaawok Tkamaadagaadaa

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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