Know your verbs

AI Verb:  dokkwewe== to search for a partner

Independent Indicative

Standard Form                                Long Form   (English Pre-verb equivalent)

Ndokkwewe                                   Ndedokkwewe                       I

Gdokkwewe                                   Gdedokkwewe                    You

Wdokkwewe                                   Wdokkwewe                       S/He

Ndokkwewemen                            Ndedokkwewemen          We (-you)

Gdokkwewemen                            Gdedokkwewemen          We (+you)

Gdokkwewem                                Gdedokkwewem               You (pl.)

Dokkwewewik                                Dokkwewewik                   They

AI Verb:  jagzo== to burn

Independent Indicative

Standard Form                      Long Form   (English Pre-verb equivalent)

Njagas                                   Ndejagas                       I

Gjagas                                   Gdejagas                    You

Wjagzo                                  Wjagzo                       S/He

Njagzomen                           Ndejagazomen          We (-you)

Gjagzomen                           Gdejagazomen          We (+you)

Gjagazom                             Gdejagazom               You (pl.)

Jagazowik                             Jagazowik                   They

AI Verb: Nazo== to have a certain color

Independent Indicative

Standard Form                                Long Form   (English Pre-verb equivalent)

Nnazo                                              Ndenazo                      I

Gnazo                                              Gdenazo                    You

Wnazo                                              Wnazo                       S/He

Nnazomen                                       Ndenazomen            We (-you)

Gnazomen                                       Gdenazomen            We (+you)

Gnazom                                           Gdenazom               You (pl.)

Nazowik                                           nazowik                    They

AI Verb:  nijanse== to be expecting a child

Independent Indicative

Standard Form                                Long Form   (English Pre-verb equivalent)

Nnijanse                                        Ndenijanse                       I

Gnijanse                                        Gdenijanse                    You

Wnijanse                                        Wnijanse                        S/He

Nnijansemen                                 Ndenijansemen          We (-you)

Gnijansemen                                 Gdenijansemen          We (+you)

Gnijansem                                     Gdenijansem               You (pl.)

Nijansewik                                     Nijansewik                   They

AI Verb:  wanke== to dig

Independent Indicative

Standard Form                      Long Form   (English Pre-verb equivalent)

Nwanke                                 Ndewanke                       I

Gwanke                                 Gdewanke                    You

Wanke                                   Wanke                           S/He

Nwankemen                         Ndewankemen          We (-you)

Gwankemen                         Gdewankemen          We (+you)

Gwankem                             Gdewankem               You (pl.)

Wankek                                Wankek                      They

AI Verb:  wichewe== to accompany

Independent Indicative

Standard Form                                Long Form   (English Pre-verb equivalent)

Nwichewe                                        Ndewichewe                      I

Gwichewe                                        Gdewichewe                    You

Wichewe                                           Wichewe                           S/He

Nwichewemen                                 Ndewichewemen            We (-you)

Gwichewemen                                 Gdewichewemen            We (+you)

Gwichewem                                     Gdewichewem               You (pl.)

Wichewek                                        Wichewek                       They

AI Verb:  mikjewi== to work

Independent Indicative

Standard Form                                Long Form   (English Pre-verb equivalent)

Nmikjewi                                        Ndemikjewi                      I

Gmikjewi                                        Gdemikjewi                    You

Wmikjewi                                        Wmikjewi                       S/He

Nmikjewimen                                 Ndemikjewimen            We (-you)

Gmikjewimen                                 Gdemikjewimen            We (+you)

Gmikjewim                                     Gdemikjewim               You (pl.)

Mikjewik                                         Mikjewik                       They

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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