Garifuna (Garífuna)

Garifuna is an Arawakan language spoken by about 200,000 people mainly in Honduras, and also in Belize, Guatamala and Nicaragua. It was originally spoken on the island of St Vincent in the Antilies, but then spread to Honduras and then to neighbouring countries.

Garifuna contains many words of Cariban origin, as well as words borrowed from European languages, particularly French, English and Spanish.

Garifuna alphabet

A a B b Ch ch D d E e F f G g H h
garünati ba cha da gayumati fa ga ha
I i K k L l M m N n Ñ ñ O o P p
gágiriti ka la ma na ña gararati pa
R r S s T t U u Ü ü W w Y y  
ra sa ta máguti gáguti wa ya  

Garifuna pronunciation

Garifuna alphabet


Acute accents are used to indicate stress.

Download an alphabet chart for Garifuna (Excel)

Sample text in Garifuna

Sun gürigia nasíruati yuti lun, lidan úarani, lawiwanduní libágari kai le aubai labúsienra, gatu giñe lanagun lungua buidu hadan líbegu.


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)

Sample video in Garifuna

Information about Garifuna | Numbers | Phrases | Tower of Babel


Information about Garifuna

Garifuna phrases

Garifuna dictionary

The Garifuna Institute

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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