Guaraní is a Tupí-Guaraní language spoken by about 4.6 million people in Paraguay. There are also small communities of Guaraní speakers in Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina. Guaraní is one of the offical languages of Paraguay, along with Spanish, and started to appear in writing in the form of religious texts during the 18th century.
Guaraní has co-existed with Spanish in Paraguay for four centuries and as a result, has absorbed a lot of Spanish vocabulary. Guaraní has also contributed a number of loanwords to English such as cougar, toucan and jaguar.
The Guaraní alphabet shown below was introduced after a Guaraní language congress in Montevideo, Uruguay. The idea was to take the spelling of Guaraní away from the Spanish model.
Mayma yvypóra ou ko yvy ári iñapyty'yre ha eteîcha tecoruvicharendá ha acatúape jeguerekópe; ha ikatu rupi oikuaa añetéva ha añete'yva, iporâva ha ivaíva, tekotevê pehenguéicha oiko oñondivekuéra.
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 Guaraní
Online Guaraní lessons
Online Guaraní phrases
Online Guaraní dictionaries)