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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Mam Words

Welcome to our Mam vocabulary page! Mam is a Mayan language, related to other languages like Quiche and Yucatec Maya. We have included twenty basic Mam 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 Mam Indian 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 Native American words fundraiser or visit our main Mam language site for more free resources.

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Mam Word Set

(Click here for Mam pronunciation guide)

English (Français) Mam words
One (Un) Junh
Two (Deux) Kab'a
Three (Trois) Oa
Man (Homme) Xinaq
Woman (Femme) Xuj
Dog (Chien) Tx'ya'n
Sun (Soleil) Q'ij
Moon (Lune) Xjaw
Water (Eau) A'

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

Mam Picture Dictionaries

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

*Mam animal words
*Mam color words

Additional Resources

   Major languages of Guatemala
   Native American dictionaries
   American Indian names and meanings
   Mayan linguistics



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