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Lenape Talking Dictionary

By English WORD or PHRASE

By Lenape WORD or PHRASE

Getting Started

How to Use the Lenape Talking Dictionary

This is the opening page of the dictionary. Just type in the English or Lenape word you wish to look up. You can also do a search by typing in just a part of the word. Do not use the accented letters (à, ë, etc.) in Lenape to do the search. 

This is the Results page. In this case the word searched for was "woman" Notice the little speaker icon to the left of the Lenape entry. By clicking on that you can hear the word spoken by a native speaker.  Notice also that in the new version of the Lenape Talking Dictionary you will see a list on the right side of the page that show sentences in which the word occurs.  It is good to be able to hear the word used in context rather than just as an isolated word. 

This is the bottom half of the Results page. Note that some words do not have the speaker icon which means we have not yet added a sound file. Note also at the bottom of the page it reads View All Results, and you click there to read more.  Notice that on the right side below the sentences section you are also shown lines from Lenape stories in which the word occurs.

On the Results Pages if you click on any of the words which are displayed in red letters it will take you to another page with Detailed and Historical Information about that word. This function only works in the Dictionary section.  Below is a sample of that page, and the word entered was "cat." 


Once again here you can click the speaker icon to hear the Lenape word. Also, following the word there may be an abbreviation within [ ] to tell the part of speech of the word. When possible the word will have a sample sentence which you can also hear. Many of the words will have an Analysis which will give information about how the word is constructed.

Some entries will also have a photograph of the item named, especially of traditional cultural items and things that are not commonly seen.  This page may also have a Comments box. This will be used to explain how some words are used differently than in English, or the traditional belief or use that goes with the word as was taught by our elders.  Here is an image of a squirrel with a note showing the earliest written form.

It will help you find things more quickly if you recall that Lenape often combines what would be two or three words in English into one Lenape word. If you want to look up the word "dress" you will find that there are many entries.  If you have a specific color dress you want to find, such as "blue dress" just type in the words blue dress. In the same way if you want to look for the Lenape words for "I hear" typing in both words (without the quotation marks) will display fewer entries than typing in just the word "hear."

{Note}  If the image on your computer screen is too small on many computers you can enlarge it by holding down the Control (CTRL) key and typing the + sign key.  If the image is too large you can hold down the Control key and type the - sign key.  This works on PC computers.  On MAC computers to enlarge the view area you use the Command or Apple key and type the plus key.

Using the Dictionary on Your Cell Phone

In the new version of the Lenape Talking Dictionary you can use your cell phone to look up and listen to words. You do not have to enlarge the screen in order to read it. Some of the other functions of the Lenape Talking Dictionary do not display when you first open the screen on your cell phone but you will notice in the upper left corner there are three white bars. By clicking on that it will open up other sections of the dictionary such as Lessons, Stories, and Historical Examples.  You can then click on the name of the section you want to access.  


As stated previously in this new version of the Lenape Talking Dictionary you will see a list on the right side of the screen that shows sentences in which the word occurs.



In 2006 we added a new section to the Lenape Talking Dictionary and it was the Lessons section.  In this new version we have combined the Spelling and Lessons sections into one unit since we feel they belong together.   We have also made improvements to the Lessons which should make them easier to use.  We now have five Lessons online and we will soon add sound files to this new section – please check back.


On the top of the home page click on the word Stories and you will be taken to a list of them.  As in the image below you will see different categories of stories and songs.  Click on the long red oval button to open the list of stories in the group of your choice.

You can click on the red speaker icons next to hear the Lenape titles of the stories. To hear the entire story click on View Story located under the name of the story.

You will see the story written in short phrases or sentences in Lenape with an English translation above it.  There are a series of red speaker icons and by clicking each you will hear the Lenape for that line.  After the you listen to the line you can click it again to hear it again, or you can click on the next line to hear more of the story.