Chamorro is an Austronesian language spoken by about 50,000 people mainly in Guam, and also in the Northern Mariana Islands and the USA. Chamorro contains a huge number of words of Spanish origin and this has lead some to mistakenly believe that it is a Spanish-based Creole.
Chamorro first started to appear in writing in 1668 when a missionary by the name of Father San Vitores devised a spelling system for the language using the Latin alphabet. Since then various spelling systems have been used.
Manmåfañågu todu i taotao siha manlibettao yan mamårehu gi diknidåt yan direcho siha, manmånå'i siha nu hinasso yan konsiensia ya debi di u fanafa'maolek.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Dictionary and Grammar of the Chamorro Language
Online Chamorro dictionary
Chamorro.com - website of the worldwide Chamorro community
Chamorro Language & Culture
Blog about the Chamorro language
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