Terêna is an Arawakan language spoken in southwestern Brazil, mainly in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, and also in São Paulo state. In 2006 there were about 15,800 speakers of Terêna, which is also known as Etelena or Tereno.
There were four varieties of Terêna: Kinikinao, Terêna proper, Guaná and Chané, which were considered as separate languages by some. Only Terêna proper is still spoken.
In the Terêna-speaking region, education in schools in bilingual in Terêna and Portuguese.
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Ya inúxotique itúcoa Itucó'oviti ra vanúque yoco poqué'e. Yanecôyo avo âusso quixóvocu ra mêum epó'oxo avo apêtiya. Póihane upénoti úne yoco hahácuti apê.Yoco Espirituna Itucó'oviti: Áva uhapú'iti. Ape' coéne.
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. Then God said, "Let there be light!" So there was light
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Achagua, Apurinã, Arawak, Asháninka, Ashéninka, Baniwa, Baniwa of Guainía, Baure, Caquinte, Chamicuro, Curripaco, Garifuna, Iñapari, Machiguenga, Nanti, Nomatsiguenga, Palikúr, Paraujuano, Paresi, Pauna, Piapoco, Taíno, Tariana, Terêna, Wapishana, Wayuu, Yanesha', Yucuna
Languages written with the Latin alphabet
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