Tektitek (B'a'aj)

Tektitek is a Quichean-Mamean Mayan language spoken mainly in western Guatemala by about 3,090 people, particularly in the municipality of Tectitán in the department of Huehuetenango. There are also some speakers of Tektitek in Chiapas in southern Mexico.

The language is also known as Tectiteco, Teco, Teko, K'onti'l, Qyool, Maya-Tekiteko, Tectitec, Tectitán Mam or Tujqyol. The native name for the language is B'a'aj. It is closely related to Mam.

Tektitek is written with the Latin alphabet and is taught in primary schools. It is also used in the media and there are some books in and about the language, including grammars, dictionaries and textbooks.

Tektitek alphabet and pronunciation

Tektitek alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Tektitek (Excel)

Sample text (John 1:1-4)

  1. Bwen, aj tqet k'ulu' kyaqil aj nxik qen, Te Aj Swal Tpakb'alil [ti'j te Qtata Dios] atqetkix tuq, b'ix tetz atqet tuq tuky'i [Qtata] Dios b'ix tetz Dioskix tuq.
  2. Ntons aj tqet k'ulu' kyaqil, tetz atqetkix tuq tuky'i Qtata Dios.
  3. Aji tetz oqet k'ulun kyaqil aj at, k'onti'l jun tidi' aj nya'tx-wit aji oqet k'ulun.
  4. A tetz ntzaj sin kyanq'in kye xjal b'ix te nini jun chk'atunal tuj kywitz.

Source: https://www.bible.com/en-GB/bible/689/JHN.1.TTCNT


  1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
  2. The same was in the beginning with God.
  3. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
  4. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

Source: https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/John-Chapter-1/

Sample videos in and about Tektitek

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Information about Tektitek

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

Date created: 09.12.21. Last modified: 09.12.21


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