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Chinanteco is a group of Oto-Manguean languages spoken in Oaxaca and Veracruz in Mexico by about 80,000 people. As there is only some mutual intelligibity between the 14 different Chinanteco languages, they are considered by most linguists as separate languages rather than dialects.

Chinanteco alphabet and pronunciation

Chinanteco alphabet and pronunciation

Source: Vamos A Leer en la lengua chinanteca de San Pedro Tlatepuzco

Details of Chinanteco pronunciation supplied by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample texts


Lej ni sou tsa lisia ijaa sia ikou' ne kojo jï ne juso ne jmo' re ju i s' jmo' nö sala ne sasno.

Chinanteco, Ajitlán

La juu dsa lu siä –Dsa kö ñi ba dsa, nía kö ni' ba na lu' dsa e dsa tï é li jnia' roö'.


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)


Information about Chinanteco languages

Oto-Manguean languages

Chinanteco, Mazahua, Mazatec, Mixtec, Otomi, Zapotec

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet

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