Mayo (Yoreme Nokki)

Mayo is an Uto-Aztecan language spoken in northern Mexico, mainly in the south of Sonora, and in the north of Sinaloa. There are also Mayo speakers in Durango state. According to the 2010 census, there are 39,600 speakers of Mayo. Mayo is mostly mutually intelligible with Yaqui, which is spoken in Sonora in Mexico, and in Arizona in the USA.

Mayo is used on a radio station in Sonora. Young people who speak the language well can receive government scholarships.

Mayo alphabet and pronunciation

Mayo alphabet and pronunciation

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Sample text

Itom Átchay téhuekapo kátekame, em téhuam santotaka täyahua. Jü em réy nésauri ito násuk itomaktunake; jü em jo ïäu ímï buíapo yáatunake, téhuekapo bénasi. Jume páanim chíkti táapo itom buäyëhui, én itom buänakëhue itom mákka. Itom Dios bejrimmeche itom jiokore, jáchin jume kaa türik itou yáalame, itom jiokorë bénasi. Katë jum juënakuu itom jijiöbila, ál-lë kaa türiku itom yeu huíkke. Bueïtuk émpë ä áttiak, juka réy nésauta entok juka úttiäraata, entok juka looriata, sïme huásuktiriampo.

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Information about the Mayo language

Uto-Aztecan languages

Comanche, Cora, Hopi, Huarijio, Huichol, Ivilyuat / Cahuilla, Kawaiisu, Luiseño, Mayo, Mono, O'odham, Nahuatl, Nawat (Pipil), Northern Paiute, Serrano, Shoshone, Southern Paiute, Tarahumara, Tepehuán (Northern), Tepehuán (Southeastern), Tepehuán (Southwestern), Timbisha, Tongva, Yaqui

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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