Q’anjob’al or Kanjobal is a Mayan language spoken in Guatemala and Mexico. It is spoken mainly in the Huehuetenango department of Guatemala in the municipalities of Santa Eulalia (Jolom Konob), San Juan Ixcoy (Yich K’ox), San Pedro Soloma (Tz’uluma’) and Santa Cruz Barillas (Yal Motx), and in the south of Chiapas in Mexico. According to the 2003 census, there were about 140,000 speakers of Q’anjob’al in Guatemala, and another 8,340 speakers in Mexico [source].

Q’anjob’al is also known as Conob, Eastern Kanjobal, Eastern Qanjobal, K’anjobal, Kanhobal, Kanjobal, Qanjobal or Santa Eulalia Kanjobal. It closely related to Chuj, Akatek and Jakaltek, which are also spoken in Guatemala.

Q’anjob’al alphabet and pronunciation

Q’anjob’al alphabet and pronunciation

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Sample text in Q’anjob’al

A yet yichbanil, max yesnej aj Dios satcan c’al tx’otx’ tx’otx’. A yet jun tiempoal tu’, uchquiltak yayji yiban tx’otx’ tx’otx’ ti’ car tz’inini yili, naba aejlak c’al el masanil, cax k’ekolinak yili masanil yiban. Axa yEspíritu Dios, chi ec’ yiban a’ tu’. Lajwi tu’ max yalon Dios axca ti’: “Ayokab sakk’inal, ẍi Cham”. Cax max jaycan sakk’inal.


In the beginning God created heaven and earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep water. The spirit of God was hovering over the water. The God said, "Let there be light!" So there was light.

Source: http://www.language-museum.com/encyclopedia/k/kanjobal-eastern.php

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Mayan languages

Achi, Aguacateco, Akatek, Ch’ol, Chorti, Huasteco, Ixil, Jakaltek, Kaqchikel, Ki'che', Lacandon, Mam, Mopan, Q’anjob’al, Q'eqchi', Sakapultek, Tojolabal, Tsotsil, Tzeltal, Tz'utujil, Yucatec Maya

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