Some handy verbs to know

A List of Common Action Verbs

  1. Zhechké                      To Do
  2. Giwé                            To Go Home
  3. Giwsé                          To Hunt
  4. Ktegé                          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. Giskonyé                     To get undressed
  19. Kewabnojé                 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/zhyé                   To Go
  32. Bya/byé                       To Come/Arrive
  33. Wdema                       To Smoke
  34. Wdemé                       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. Dkobjegé                    To close a circle, to end things
  46. Débnek                       Reach for s.t.
  47. Bgedna                       to put down s.t., to lay s.t. down
  48. Mdomneké                 To bead
  49. Gokpenagé                 To make baskets
  50. Zisbakdoké                 To make sugar
  51. Msenagseké               To go to the movies, to make pictures
  52. Wjanda                       To cook
  53. Gigéno                        To cook
  54. Bmose                         To walk
  55. Bmepto                       To run
  56. Tkemsé                       To cross over
  57. Bebamsé                     To walk around, to walk about
  58. Zhonyamké                To have money
  59. Odanké                       To shop, to go to town
  60. Msenegé                    to charge things, as in credit
  61. We’e, We’uh               To loan, to give credit
  62. Dbegé                         To pay s.t.
  63. Dawé                           To buy and sell
  64. Gishnena                    To buy as in commercial buying
  65. Gishpnedo                  To buy, to shop
  66. Kigdo                          To speak, talk
  67. Néndek                       To think a certain way
  68. Nénmat                      To think a certain way about s.o.
  69. Néndem                      To think
  70. Nagdewénmat           To think of s.o.
  71. Nagdewéndek           To think of s.t.
  72. Gchenénmat              To think a lot of s.o.
  73. Mba/mbé                    To sleep
  74. Nwéshmo                   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. Gzingé                        To wash up
  82. Binchegé                    To clean
  83. Binakchegé                To clean
  84. Wawida                      To read
  85. Wawijgé                     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. Gzinwnagé                 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. Mneschegé                To put things in order, housework
  99. Doma                          To call s.o.
  100. Gishkmé         to chew tobacco or plug tobacco
  101. Skowé             to spit as in saliva

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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