Wayuu belongs to the Maipurean (Arawak) language family and is spoken
by about 305,000 people in northwestern Venezuela and northeastern Colombia
on the Guajira Peninsula. The language is also known as Wayunaiki, Guajiro,
Guajira or Goajiro.
Wayuu is taught to some extent in schools, along with Spanish, however
fewer than 1% of Wayuu speakers can read and write their language, while
5-15% are literate in Spanish.
Sample texts in Wayuu
Naa wayuukana jemeishi süpüla taashi süma wanawa sülu'u
nakua'ipa, aka müin yaa epijainjana sünain anajiranawaa a'in nama
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 Wayuu
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Other languages written with the Latin alphabet