Mazahua (Jñatjo)

Mazahua is an Oto-Manguean language spoken by about 128,000 people mainly in the Mexican state of México in the municipality of San Felipe del Progreso, also in the state of Michoacán. The language is known as Jñatjo by its speakers, who refer to themselves as Hñatho. The name Mazahua comes from Nahuatl and means "the owners of deer".

Mazahua has official status in the areas where it is spoken on an equal footing with Spanish.

There are some Mazahua radio broadcasts on a radio station based in Tuxpan in Michoacán.

Mazahua alphabet and pronunciation

Mazahua alphabet and pronunciation

Note that the a and e at the end of the top row of vowels have an extra line over the middle of them. It is difficult to see, but is there.

Download an alphabet chart for Mazahua (Excel)

Information about Mazahua pronunciation provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample text

Texe yo nte̱'e̱ chjetrjoji, angezeji ximi xo'oji ñeje k'inchiji, nesta ra ngara na jo'o k'o dyaja e nte̱'e̱.

Translation

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 Mazahua

Links

Information about Mazahua languages
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazahua_language
http://www.native-languages.org/mazahua.htm
http://www.conevyt.org.mx/cursos/indigenas/lenguas_ind/index2.htm

Oto-Manguean languages

Chinanteco, Chatino, Chiquihuitlán Mazatec, Coatzospan Mixtec, Jalapa Mazatec, Mazahua, Mazatec, Mixtec, 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

Page last modified: 23.04.21

[top]


Green Web Hosting - Kualo

Why not share this page:

Learn languages for free on Duolingo

 

Conversations - learn languages through stories

If you like this site and find it useful, you can support it by making a donation via PayPal or Patreon, or by contributing in other ways. Omniglot is how I make my living.

 

Note: all links on this site to Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.fr are affiliate links. This means I earn a commission if you click on any of them and buy something. So by clicking on these links you can help to support this site.

[top]