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Vocabulary Words in the Mayan Language Family

These Maya words are not spelled phonetically--each word is spelled according to the orthography of its own language, so if you're not familiar with these languages you will need to follow the links to see how to pronounce them. We are working on a second chart transcribed into IPA symbols. We have included twenty basic Mayan Indian words, enough to give you a feeling for each language. All the nouns are singular and all the verbs are 3rd person singular ("he or she sings") because many Native American languages don't have a separate infinitive ("to sing") the way English and French do.

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Mayan Word Sets

Yucatecan Mayan Words Quichean Mayan Words Cholan Mayan Words
English (Franais) Yucatec Maya Itzaj Maya Kaqchikel Maya Ch'ol Chontal de Tabasco
One (Un) Hun Jun Jun Jump'ejl Untu
Two (Deux) Ka'a Ka Ka'i Cha'p'ejl Chatu
Three (Trois) ox 'Ox Oxi' Uxp'ejl Uxtu
Four (Quatre) Kan Kan Kaji' Chmp'ejl Chintu
Five (Cinq) Ho Job Wo'o' Jo'p'ejl Unk'a
Man (Homme) Xiib Winik Achin Winic Winik
Woman (Femme) Ch'up Ixch'up Ixq X'ixic Ixik
Dog (Chien) Peek' Pek' Tz'i' Ts'i' Wichu'
Sun (Soleil) K'iin K'in Q'ij Ch'ujutat K'in
Water (Eau) Ha' Ja' Ya' Ja' Ja'
White (Blanc) Sak Sk Sq Scwa'an Sik
Yellow (Jaune) K'an K'n Q'n C'nc'n K'in
Red (Rouge) Chak Chk Kq Chcwa'an Chik
Black (Noir) Boox B'ox Q'q I'ic' Ik'
Eat (Manger) Hanal Janl Uch'en K'ux
See (Voir) Il Il Q'uel Chi
Hear (Entendre) U'uy U'yaj Ubintel Ubin
Sing (Chanter) K'aay K'y C'yin K'ay

Additional Resources

   Wikipedia: Mayan



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