Yagua (Nijyamïï Nikyejaada)

Yagua is a Peba-Yaguan language spoken in the Loreto region in the northeast of Peru by about 5,700 people, and also by a few Yagua people who have migrated to the nearby Colombian town of Leticia. About a third of Yagua speakers are monolingual; the rest are bilingual in Yagua and Spanish.

Yagua is also known as Yawa, Yahua, Llagua, Yava, Yegua, and the native name is Nijyamïï Nikyejaada.

Yagua is used as the medium of instruction in primary schools in the Yagua-speaking region. It is also used to some extent in religious ceremonies.

Yagua alphabet and pronunciation

Yagua alphabet and pronunciation


Sample text in Yagua

Ne sarupay nijyami cumudeju darvantyamuy javatyasjiu. Jachipiyadati mirvara samirva, mirvamuy ne samirva. Ramunltiy sarivichanichara samirvariy jityunu vichavay.


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)


Information about the Yagua language

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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