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Ixil is a Mayan language spoken by about 69,000 - 140,000 people mainly in San Juan Cotzal, Santa Maria Nebaj, and San Gaspar Chajul in the Guatemalan highlands. There are also Ixil speakers in Guatemala City and in the USA. Each of the towns has its own dialect of Ixil, which are more or less mutually intelligible.

Ixil pronunciation

Ixil pronunciation


There are various ways to write some of the sounds of Ixil. For example x /ʃ/ is also written ẍ. For more details see:

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Sample text

Uncheeʼ, ech ixeʼtiaʼn u Jeovaa tzaʼ: Sachee saj, teẍtuʼ.Utz, yaquich cheeoj u saj. Each ijatxtu tib u uquen tuchʼ u saj. Ech icheeca u saj, ech tatin u uquen. Ech vixeʼt u baxa kʼii.


In the beginning God created heaven and earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep water. The spirit of God was hovering over the water. Then God said, "Let there be light!" So there was light.


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Information about Ixil language

Mayan languages

Achi, Aguacateco, Huasteco, Ixil, Kaqchikel, Ki'che', Mam, Q’anjob’al, Q'eqchi', Tsotsil, Tzeltal, Tz'utujil, Yucatec Maya

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet

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