Tz’utujil Mayan Language
Tz’utujil (or Tz’utujiil) is a Mayan language spoken by the Tz’utujil people in the region to the south of Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. Tz’utujil is closely related to its larger neighbours, Kaqchikel and K’iche’.
Today about 84,000 speak Tz’utujil as their mother tongue. The majority of the Tz’utujil people have Spanish as their second language, although many of the older people, or those in more remote locations do not. Many children also do not learn Spanish until they go to school around the age of five although more importance is now being placed upon it due to the influx of tourism into the region. Spanish is used in written communication.
For beginners, you can treat most of the Tz’utujil vowels just like in Spanish. The most important part of learning how to speak a bit of any Mayan language is to recognize that the accent (‘) is to show a glottal stop. In other words, you stop the air as if you caught something in your throat for a moment. When you see the ‘ you should pause the word for half a second.
|Kakchiquel / Tz’utujil||Spanish||English|
|Maltyoox (mal-tee-osh)||Gracias||Thank you|
|utz aawach – (ootz-a-weech)||¿Como esta usted?||How are you?|
|saqari (sak-aree).||Buenos dias||Good morning|
|xqa’j q’iij ( sch-ka-keeh)||Buenas tardes||Good afternoon|
|xok aaq’a’ (shok-aak-ah)||Buenas noches||Good night|
|Ko ox (koh-osh)||Vamos||Lets go|
|Han ah (a-nah)||A comer||To eat|
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