Chayahuita (Paranapura / Shawi)

Chayahuita is a Cahuapanan language spoken in the department of Loreto in the north of Peru, mainly along the Sillay, Cahuapanas and Panapura rivers and their tributaries in the province of Alto Amazonas. In 2007 there were about 7,900 speakers of Chayahuita.

In some areas there is bilingual education in Chayahuita and Spanish and most Chayahuita-speaking parents pass their language on to their children, although some only speak Spanish with their children.

Chayahuita pronunciation

Chayahuita pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Chayahuita (Excel)

Sample text

Ya'ipi piyapinpoa' capini noya ninosorocaso' ya'huërin. Ya'ipinpoa' yonquirëhua'. Noya nicacaso' nitotërëhua'. Napoaton iyanpoa pochin ninosorocaso' ya 'huërin.


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 video in Chayahuita


Information about the Chayahuita language

Cahuapanan languages

Chayahuita, Jebero

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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