Jakaltek (Jab’xub’al / Popti’)

Jakaltek is a Mayan language spoken mainly in Jacaltenango municipality in the department of Huehuetenango in the western highlands of Guatelmala, and also in Chiapas in southern Mexico. In 2003 there were 34,000 speakers of Jakalteko in Guatelmala, and there were about 500 speakers in Mexico in 2000. The language is also known as Jakalteko, Jacalteco or Popti'.

There are two dialects of Jakaltek: Eastern and Western, which are more or less mutually intelligible when spoken, although not when written.

Jakaltek alphabet (stz’ib’al ab’xub’al Popti’)

Jakaltek alphabet (stz’ib’al ab’xub’al Popti’)

Hear how to pronounce Jakaltek:


n̈ is also written nh, and ẍ is also written xh

Details of the Jakaltek alphabet provided by Wolfram Siegel

Download an alphabet chart for Jakaltek (Excel)

Sample text (The Lord's Prayer)

Hach Comam, hach coDios, ayach yul satcan̈, nimanojab yelapno habi yul sat anma. Hulan̈ cat hawoc jahawilojan̈ yul sat yiban̈kˈinal tiˈ. Yijab isba tzet chawoche sat txˈo txˈotxˈ tiˈ hacaˈ chu yijni isba yul satcan̈. Mamin, chicokˈanan̈ tawet, akˈ tzet chicolohan̈ hunun tzˈayic. Akˈ nimancˈulal yin̈ istxˈojal chicowatxˈehan̈, hacaˈ chu jakˈni nimancˈulalan̈ yin̈ anma chiwatxˈen istxˈojal jin̈an̈. Mach chon̈hachayojan̈ xol ilwebal, caw colon̈ilojan̈ yul iskˈab naj matzwalil, quexchi yin̈ hetxah, ẍi Comam.

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Sample text provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample video in Jakaltek

Information about Jakaltek | Numbers


Information about Jakaltek language

Mayan languages

Achi, Akatek, Awakatek, Chontal Maya, Ch’ol, Chorti, Chuj, Huasteco, Itzaʼ, Ixil, Jakaltek, Kaqchikel, Ki'che', Lacandon, Mam, Mocho’, Mopan, Poqomam, Poqomchiʼ, Q’anjob’al, Q'eqchi', Sakapultek, Sipakapense, Tektitek, Tojolabal, Tzeltal, Tzotzil, Tz'utujil, Uspantek, Yucatec Maya

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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