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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Yucatec Maya Words

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

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Maya Word Set

(Click here for Maya pronunciation guide)

English (Français) Yucatec Maya words
One (Un) Hun
Two (Deux) Ka'a
Three (Trois) Óox
Four (Quatre) Kan
Five (Cinq) Ho
Man (Homme) Xiib
Woman (Femme) Ch'up
Dog (Chien) Peek'
Sun (Soleil) K'iin
Moon (Lune) Uh
Water (Eau) Ha'
White (Blanc) Sak
Yellow (Jaune) K'an
Red (Rouge) Chak
Black (Noir) Boox
Eat (Manger) Hanal
See (Voir) Il
Hear (Entendre) U'uy
Sing (Chanter) K'aay
Leave (Partir) Hóok'ol

Click here to see Yucatec Maya vocabulary words compared to words in related Mayan languages: Mayan Indian Words

Maya Picture Dictionaries

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

*Maya animal words
*Maya body parts
*Maya color words
*Maya number words

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