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The Cupeño Language

Here are some common words of the Cupeño people

Hello: miyaxwe

Goodbye: hiwene

Good Night: tukvayet pi’icha‘i

Mother: -ye or iyetu

Father: -na

Son:  pulinma (a man’s son) or na‘aqwa (a woman’s son)

Daughter: shungama (a man’s daughter) or na’aqwa (a woman’s daughter)

Baby: pulini-sh

Man: naxani-sh

Woman: nawika-t

Grandfather:  qa or kwa

Grandmother:  qa or shu

Uncle: -mesh

Aunt: -paha

Young man: pishweli-sh

Young woman: nawi-ly

House: kish

Food: kwa’ish

Friend: pew or amiigu

Counting

One: sulit or suplewet

Two: wih

Three: pah

Four: wichiw

Five: nemakwanangax

Six: nemakwanangax suplewet

Seven: nemakwanangax pa‘axwi

Eight: nemakwanangax pah

Nine: nemakwanangax wichiw

Ten: nema tulwene-t