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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Kanjobal Words

Welcome to our Kanjobal vocabulary page! Kanjobal is a Mayan language, related to other languages like Quiche and Yucatec Maya. We have included twenty basic Kanjobal words here, enough to provide a basic comparison with related American Indian languages. All the nouns are singular and all the verbs are 3rd person singular ("he or she sings") because many indigenous languages don't have a separate infinitive ("to sing") the way English and French do.

You can find a broader selection of Kanjobal words in our online picture glossaries. If you would like to know a word that is not included in any of these wordlists, you can take part in our Indian translation fundraiser or visit our main Kanjobal language site for more free resources.

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Kanjobal Word Set

(Click here for Kanjobal pronunciation guide)

English (Français) Kanjobal words
One (Un) Jun
Two (Deux) Kab'
Three (Trois) Oxeb'
Man (Homme) Winaq
Woman (Femme) 'Ix
Dog (Chien) Tx'i'
Sun (Soleil) K'u
Moon (Lune) Xajaw
Water (Eau) 'A

Click here to see Kanjobal vocabulary words compared to words in related Mayan languages: Maya Vocabulary

Kanjobal Picture Dictionaries

Here are some themed Kanjobal word lists we have put together and illustrated for language learners. Feel free to print them out for classroom purposes!

*Kanjobal animal words
*Kanjobal color words

Additional Resources

   Guatemala ethnic languages
   Native American dictionaries
   Native American names and their meanings
   Maya language family



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