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Aymara (Aymar aru)

Aymara is an Aymaran language with about 2.2 million speakers in Bolivia, Peru, where it is an official language, and also in Chile and Argentina. The majority of Aymara speakers, about two million, are found in Bolivia, several hundred thousand live in Peru, and a few thousand in Chila and Argentina.

The Aymara originally used a collection of symbols, mainly pictures of people or things, as a mnemonic device. The symbols represented the things they portrayed or similar sounding words but never developed into a complete writing system. The symbols were originally written on animal skins using plant or mineral pigments but paper was substituted after the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century. The symbols were never standardised and there was considerable variation in the way they were used among different Aymara groups.

Under the influence of the Spanish, the Latin alphabet was adopted to write Aymara. Many different spelling systems have been divised over the years. In 1985, the Peruvian goverment introduced a new spelling system known as the Aymara Official Alphabet or Unified Alphabet (Alfabeto Único).

The Aymara Official Alphabet

Aymara Official Alphabet

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Download an Aymara alphabet chart (Excel)

Some information about the Aymara alphabet provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample text

Taqpach jaqejh khuskat uñjatatäpjhewa munañapansa, lurañapansa, amuyasiñapansa, ukatwa jilani sullkanípjhaspas ukham uñjasipjhañapawa.

Translation

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)

Sample videos in Aymara

Information about Aymara | Phrases | Numbers | Tower of Babel

Links

Information about the Aymara language
http://aymara.org
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aymara_language
https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idioma_aimara
http://www.native-languages.org/aymara.htm
http://web.archive.org/web/20010412184258/aymara.org/arusa/qillqa_eng.html

Aymara phrases
http://www.guidebolivia.com/pratique/gb_quechua_aymara.htm
http://www.timeforkids.com/destination/bolivia/native-lingo
http://www.bolivianisima.com/aymara_quechua/
https://www.scribd.com/doc/32427895/NOCIONES-BASICAS-DE-LENGUA-AYMARA
http://www.taringa.net/post/apuntes-y-monografias/2217338/Palabras-comunes-en-quechua-y-aymara.html

Aymara dictionar)
http://www.lenguandina.org/

Аймара (information about Aymara in Russian)
http://www.lingvisto.org/aymara/

Aymaran languages

Aymara, Jaqaru

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet


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