Tarahumara is an Uto-Aztecan language spoken by about 70,000 people in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Tarahumara is most closely related to the Guarijío language, which is spoken in the same region.
Tarahumara has a number of dialects, however linguists do not agree on how to classify them. There are thought to be up to five dialects: Western, Central, Northern, Southeastern and Southwestern. The most spoken of which is the Central dialect.
Tarahumara is used in primary schools and in local government and business. There are also some Tarahumara programmes on a local radio station. Only about 1% of Tarahumara speakers can read and write their language, and 20% are literate in Spanish.
Tami Non guami repá reguegachi atiame: tá cheiquichi Ju, màpu müreguéga repá asagá mu atinqui: Jená ibi, guichimòba quima neogarae mu naguára; mu llelá litae guichimòba mü llolára guali mü cü mollenara, ini, repá reguegachi. Amen Jesus.
Hono tami nigüega mamu ati Crepa: guebrucá nilrera que inubreguá, Tami nagüibra que munetebrichi, nilrelra que mu el rabrichi gená, güichimoba: mapu breguegal repa. brami goguáme epilri bragüe brame jipeyá, brami güecagüe, mata igui güicá mapu bregüega brame gé. güecagüe mapu brami güique ta no bri brami guichavari que chitichí natabrichi. habri brami guaini mane brisiga equimé. Amen Isusi.
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