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Mam (Qyol Mam)

Mam is a Mayan language spoken by about half a million people in Guatemala, mainly in the departments of Quetzaltenango, Huehuetenango and San Marcos, and in the Mexican state of Chiapas.

There are three main varieties of Mam: Northern Mam, which is spoken in Huehuetenango; Southern Mam, which is spoken in Quetzaltenango, and Central Mam, which is spoken in San Marcos. Each of these has many sub-dialects and there is considerable variation in the language from village to village, however Mam speakers are able to understand one another reasonably well.

Mam pronunciation

Mam pronunciation

Sample text

Kyaqiilqe winaq nchi itz'aj tuj kopib'il, juunx kychuwiinqal b'ix kyokleen, kyja'tzan tuj tb'aanal xiinv'il tu'n kyanq'iin tuj b'ank'u'j kyxool.

Translation (of all the above texts)

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)

Useful phrases in Mam | Tower of Babel in Southern Mam

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Information about Mam language

Mam-English dictionary (PDF)

Diccionario del Mam-Español

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