Arabela is a member of the Zaparoan language family and is spoken by about 50
people in two villages along the Napo tributary of the Arabela river in Peru.
It is also known as Chiripuno or Chiripunu, and is closely related to other
Zaparoan languages such as Záparo, Andoa and Conambo, all of which are
The language has official status in the areas where it's spoken, and most
Arabela speakers also speak Quechua or Spanish. There is no literature in
Arabela, though there are some textbooks as it is used in school to some
Sample text in Arabela
Pámeere ííñújiri meíjcyame tsá
múhójísí pañé ícubáhrádú
meíjcyáítyuróne. Pámeere tsahdúré
imí meíjcyame mewájyújcatsíñe
éhdííválletúmé éhne múu
mépañétúéné nahbémuma meíjcyadu.
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)
Tower of Babel in Arabela
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Other languages written with the Latin alphabet