Achagua (Achawa)

Achagua is a Northern Arawakan language spoken in the Meta and Casanare departments in central Colombia. Achuagua speakers live along the Upper Meta River between Puerto López and Puerto Gaitán in Umapo, and in the El Turpial reservation. It belongs to the Piapoko branch of the Arawakan language family, and is closely related to Piapoco. In the year 2000 there were about 250 speakers of Achagua, which is also known as Achawa, Ajagua, Xagua, Axagua, Achugua or Ajaga.

Achagua alphabet and pronunciation

Achagua alphabet and pronunciation


c is pronounced [k] between a, o and u, and [s] before e and i

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Sample text in Achagua

23. Jesús lijínaniu quinínama Galilea shínaa cáinabi, léewida limácoo narrícu náa'a sinagogaca. Líiwadeda linácu liá'a sáicai chuánshica linácu liá'a Dios wánacaalactalaca, ya lichúni chóniwenai quinínama bálinacaalashi ya cáiwibee.

24.Natáania Jesús nácu quinínama náa'a yéenai Siria shínaa cáinabi íta'aa, naínda lirrú quinínama náa'a bálinenaicoo méenaami bálinacaalashi ya cáiwibee, ya náa'a wáalenai espíritu máashii, ya náa'a cúcunenaicoo, ya náa'a macáwanica. Yá'ee Jesús chúni nayá,


23. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

24. And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.
(Matthew 4, 23-24)

Source: ACAPOR Liá’a Chánshi Dios Shínaa

Sample video in Achagua


Information about Achagua

Arawakan languages

Achagua, Apurinã, Arawak, Asháninka, Ashéninka, Baniwa, Baniwa of Guainía, Baure, Caquinte, Chamicuro, Curripaco, Garifuna, Iñapari, Machiguenga, Nanti, Nomatsiguenga, Palikúr, Paraujuano, Paresi, Pauna, Piapoco, Taíno, Tariana, Terêna, Wapishana, Wayuu, Yanesha', Yine, Yucuna

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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