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 different Chinanteco languages, they are considered by most linguists as separate languages rather than dialects.

Varietis of Chinanteco

There are also whistled version of Chinanteco languages. There are only used by men, but are understood by women.

Chiltepec-Tlacoatzintepec Chinantec alphabet and pronunciation

Chiltepec-Tlacoatzintepec Chinantec alphabet and pronunciation

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

Download an alphabet chart for Chinanteco (Excel)

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)

Videos in and about Chinanteco

210 - Whistles in the Mist: Whistled Speech in Oaxaca from The Southwest Center-Dan Duncan, on Vimeo.


Information about Chinanteco languages

Oto-Manguean languages

Chinanteco, Chatino, Mazahua, Mazatec, Mazatec (Chiquihuitlán), Mazatec (Jalapa), Mixtec, Mixtec (Chayuco), Mixtec (Coatzospan), Otomi, Otomi (Acazulco), Otomi (Sierra), Otomi (Temoaya), Tlapanec, Triqui (Chicahuaxtla), Triqui (Copala), Triqui (San Martín Itunyos), Triqui (Santo Domingo del Estero), Zapotec (Aloápam), Zapotec (Choápam), Zapotec (Güilá), Zapotec (Isthmus), Zapotec (Miahuatlán), Zapotec (Rincón), Zapotec (San Dionisio Ocotepec), Zapotec (Zoogocho)

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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