Tsafiki is a Southern Barbacoan language spoken in northeastern Ecuador, mainly in and around Santo Domingo, the capital of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas Province. In 2012 there were about 1,870 speakers of Tsafiki, which is also known as Tsachela, Tsachila, Tsafiqui or Colorado.

Tsafiki alphabet and pronunciation

Tsafiki alphabet and pronunciation


The sound /k/ is also written c(a) and qu.

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Sample text

Casale casaleri Diosi yoquidobe tobeca quinue. In tori niyaquenantiya molde itominue. Jeraltete lamarisiri jominue. Wapun nemen jominue. Junni Diosichi Tencari jun pile nechi jamobile titiya quichun raminue. Junsi Diosi itsantinue: Tsen Jode! tinue. Junni tsantinunsiri tsen inue. Junni Diosi tsen jominca quirato, se joe tinue.


In the beginning God created heaven and earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep water. The spirit of God was hovering over the water. Then God said, "Let there be light!" So there was light. God saw the light was good.

Source: Language Museum

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Information about the Tsafiki language

Barbacoan languages

Awa Pit, Cha'palaa(chi), Guambiano, Tsafiki

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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