Kadiwéu (Ejiwajigi)

Kadiwéu is a Guaicuruan language spoken by about 1,600 people in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul in southern Brazil. In particular, it is spoken near the border between Brazil and Paraguay in the villages of Bodoquena, Campina, Tomazia and Sao Joaoin in the Kadiwéu Indigenous Territory in the municipality of Porto Murtinho.

Kadiwéu is also known as Kaduveo, Caduveo, Kadivéu, and Kadiveo. It is most closely related to Toba Qom, which is spoken in northern Argentina. Kadiwéu can be written with the Latin alphabet, and was first documented in the 1950s, although there are descriptions of the Kadiwéu people dating back to the 16th century. There is a translation of the New Testament of the Bible in Kadiwéu, and a Kadiwéu–Portuguese dictionary.

Kadiwéu alphabet & pronunciation

Kadiwéu alphabet & pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Kadiwéu (Excel)

Sample text (The Lord's Prayer - Luke 11: 2-4)

  1. Odaa meetediogi, “Niɡ̶ina motaɡ̶aneɡ̶eni Aneotedoɡ̶oji, enitiwaji, ‘Ǥodiodi anadeoni ditibigimedi, jemaanaɡ̶a minatawece oko odoɡ̶eteta Ǥaboonaɡ̶adi. Jemaanaɡ̶a me iiɡ̶eni laaleɡ̶enali inatawece oko. Awii niɡ̶ica anemaani mawii digoina iiɡ̶o, liciagi mowo anemaani digoida ditibigimedi.
  2. Anajicitoɡ̶owa ɡ̶oweenigi ane jopooɡ̶atibige inoatawece nokododi.
  3. Ixomaɡ̶ateenitedice ɡ̶obeyaceɡ̶eco, igaataɡ̶a niɡ̶ida moko jixomaɡ̶ateenaɡ̶atice niɡ̶ina anowotoɡ̶odomi ane beyagi. Codaa jiniɡ̶ikani daɡ̶a dineetoɡ̶owa ɡ̶odaxakawa. Pida ɡ̶odoɡ̶aaɡ̶egiticogi miditaɡ̶a loniciwaɡ̶a nibeyacaɡ̶a.’”

Source: https://www.bible.com/bible/584/LUK.11.KBC


  1. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
  2. Give us day by day our daily bread.
  3. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

Source: https://www.bible.com/bible/1/LUK.11.KJV

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Information about Kadiwéu

Guaicuruan languages

Kadiwéu, Mocoví, Pilagá, Toba Qom

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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