Guambiano (Namrrik/Namtrik)

Guambiano is a Barbacoan language spoken by about 21,000 people (in 2008) in Colombia, particularly in the municipalities of Silvia, Jambaló, Totoro, Caldono and Toribio. It is also spoken along the Piendamó River in the department of Cauca.

Guambiano is also known as Moguez, Moguex or Wam. It is closely related to Coconuco and Totoró, both of which are extinct. However, Guambiano is vibrant and growing and used in some primary schools.

Guambiano alphabet and pronunciation

Guambiano alphabet and pronunciation


Download an alphabet chart for Guambiano (Excel)

Sample text in Guambiano (Lord's Prayer)

Ñimpe Tiuspa waminchip pѳntrappe, ѳyah chintrikai:
Namui Mѳskai srѳmpalasrѳ wapik,
ñui munchipe tapikweintѳ tarѳmara,
newan tap intik kѳntrun.
Ñi aship karup pasraipe pirau latrѳpitchap amѳ,
srѳmpalasrѳ latawei yu piraukucha,
Ñi maik maramtiik kѳpen,
treekwei marik kѳntrai.
Kualѳmmѳrik nam mamik maik palapikwan mѳi tranѳp,
namui kaik mariilan ulѳ paimѳ,
pesannatruntrik chip,
nam namun kaik marѳpelan ulѳ paimѳ,
pesannawa kѳtrѳmisrѳp lataitѳwei.
Chikѳpen namun kekѳtrѳsrkѳntraptiik pѳntrѳpene,
truwane namun ampashmѳtruntrik.
Masken tru kaikweinukkutrimpe tarѳmartra.
Kakente, tru aship karup waipa,
marampurap mariipa, purѳ nuik,
purѳ tapiipape manakatik Ñuin kѳn chip.

Information about Guambiano | Tower of Babel in Guambiano


Information about the Guambiano language

Barbacoan languages

Awa Pit, Cha'palaa(chi), Guambiano, Tsafiki

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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