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Achi (Achi')

Achi is a Mayan language spoken in the deparments of Alta Verapaz, Baja Verapaz, El Progreso and El Quiché in central Guatemala. In 2008 there were about 85,000 Achi speakers. There are two dialects of Achi: Rabinal Achi and Cubulco Achi, which are named after the areas where they are spoken.

Achi is closely related to Ki’che’, a Mayan language spoken in the same area of Guatemala.

Achi is taught in primary schools, and used on the radio and TV. There is an Achi dictionary and grammar, and parts of the Bible have been translated into Achi.

Achi alphabet and pronunciation

Achi alphabet and pronunciation

D is also used, but only in loanwords from Spanish.

Hear the Achi alphabet

Download an Achi alphabet chart (Excel)

Sample text (Lord's Prayer)

Qaqaw Dios, Lal k'o la chila' chikaj, ¡lik cheta'maxoq nim uq'ij ri b'i' la! Peta la, taqana la paqawi'; chu'ana k'u ri rajawal k'u'x la wara che ruwachulew, jela' pacha' ri ka'an chila' chikaj. Ya'a ko la waq'ij ri qawa, ri kajawax chiqe ronoje q'ij. Kuyu ko la qamak, jela' pacha' ri'oj kaqakuy kimak ri emakuninaq chiqij. I maya ko la luwar chiqe kojtzaq pa mak; e lik chojkolob'ej la chwach ritzel winaq. Ma paq'ab' Rilal k'o wi ronoje taqanik y chuq'ab'; i xew che Rilal taqal wi ri yakb'al q'ij na jinta utaqexik.

Information about the Achi alphabet and sample text provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample videos in Achi

Links

Information about Achi language
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achi_language
https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idioma_achí
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achi
http://www.ethnologue.com/language/acr
http://archive.ethnologue.com/15/show_language.asp?code=acr
http://archive.ethnologue.com/15/show_language.asp?code=acc
http://www.native-languages.org/achi.htm

Mayan languages

Achi, Aguacateco, Akatek, Ch’ol, Chorti, Huasteco, Ixil, Jakaltek, Kaqchikel, Ki'che', Lacandon, Mam, Q’anjob’al, Q'eqchi', Tojolabal, Tsotsil, Tzeltal, Tz'utujil, Yucatec Maya

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet


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