Machiguenga is an Arawakan language of South America.
It is closely related to Ashaninka, and some people consider
it to be a dialect of Ashaninka. A third Arawakan language,
Nomatsiguenga, is considered by some to be a dialect of
Machiguenga, and by others a distinct language. Machiguenga and Nomatsiguenga are each spoken by around 6000 people in Peru
today. Machiguenga is
polysynthetic and has
VSO word order.
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Our list of vocabulary words in the Machiguenga language, with comparison to words in other Arawakan languages.
Worksheet showing how to count in the Machiguenga language.