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Kaqchikel (Kaqchikel Ch'ab'äl)

Kaqchikel or Kaqchiquel is a Mayan language spoken in the Central Highlands of Guatemala by about half a million people. It is a member of the Quichean-Mamean branch of Mayan languages and is closely related to K'iche' (Quiché) and Tz'utujil. The name of the language used to be written Cakchiquel or Cakchiquiel.

An orthography for Kaqchikel was developed by the Academia de Lenguas Mayas de Guatemala (Guatemalan Academy of Mayan Languages).

Kaqchikel pronunciation

Kaqchikel pronunciation

Sample text

Konojel ri winaqi' kan kalaxib'en pe ri kolotajïk, ri junan kiq'ij, ri junan kejqalen, junan kich'ojib'al pa kik'aslen, xa achi'el k'a ri kik'ojlen, ri kinojib'al kichajin xa tik'amun k'a chi nimaläj konojel xtikajo' ki'.


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)

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Information about Kaqchikel language

Mayan languages

Aguacateco, Huasteco, Ixil, Kaqchikel, Ki'che', Mam, Q’anjob’al, Q'eqchi', Tsotsil, Tzeltal, Yucatec Maya

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet

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