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Mazahua Indian Language (Masawa)

Mazahua is an Oto-Manguean language of Mexico. Mazahua is sometimes confused with the similarly-named Mazatec languages, both of which are sometimes referred to as "Mazateco," but Mazahua and Mazatec speakers cannot understand each other without translators.

There are two varieties of Mazahua, known as Central Mazahua and Mazahua de Michoacán, which are considered separate languages by some people and dialects of the same language by others. Taken together there are about 350,000 Mazahua speakers in Mexico today. They are tone languages and have primarily VSO word order.

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Mazahua Language Resources

Our Online Mazahua Materials

Mazahua Vocabulary:
     Our list of vocabulary words in the Mazahua language.
Mazahua Animal Words:
     Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Mazahua language.

Mazahua Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions

Meso-American Native Languages
     Map showing the areas in Mexico where the Mazahua language is spoken.
Diccionario Mazahua:
    Online Spanish-Mazahua glossary, with some audio clips of spoken words.
UDHR: Mazahua:
     The Universal Declaration of Human Rights translated into the Mazahua language.
Mazahua Indian Prayers * Genesis in Mazahua de Michoacan:
    Translations of Christian prayers into the Mazahua language.
Mazahua Michoacán * Mazahua Central:
     Demographic information about the Mazahua languages from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Central Mazahua Language Tree * Michoacán Masawa Language Tree:
    Theories about Mazahua's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Mazahua Language Structures:
    Mazahua linguistic profiles and academic bibliographies.

Links, References, and Additional Information

   Mazahua Tribe * Mazahua Language:
    Encyclopedia articles about the Mazahuas.
   Lengua Mazahua:
    Information on the Mazahua language in Spanish.

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