Wayana is a Cariban language spoken in French Guiana, Suriname and Brazil by about 1,740. In 2012 there were about 1,000 speakers of Wayana in the southwest of French Guiana along the Maroni river. There were also about 450 Wayana speakers along the Tapanahoni and Paloemeu rivers in the Marowijne District of northwestern Suriname, and another 290 speakers along the Paru and Jari in Pará state in northern Brazil.

Wayana is also known as Alukuyana, Ayana, Oayana, Oiana, Oyana, Roucouyenne, Uaiana, Upurui or Wajana.

Wayana alphabet and pronunciation

Wayana alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Wayana (Excel)

Sample text (Lord's Prayer)

Maa, Papah Kapunalïlï, Ipok ëwehet ekalëpoh kaliponotomoja. Malalë kaliponotom tamume ëtïkë. Talë lo po ëwomi imoipoh kapunao imoipotop katïp. Malalë emmna ëninehpapokepïla eikë. Malalë emna wïpïlïtpë pëk ëtenkapamkë, tïwëlënkom wïpïlïtpë pëk emna tenkapamëmëtoponpë katïp. Malalë ipokela eitopke emna ënukukpola eikë. Emna ënipïnanïpkepïla eikë sitpïlï pëkëla emna eitohme, huwa, kaitëk ëwëtulukomohtao, tïkai Jeisu.

Contributed by Wolfgang Kuhl

Sample video in Wayana

Information about Wayana | Numbers


Information about Wayana

Cariban languages

Akawaio, Akurio, Bakairi, Carib, Carijona, Hixkaryána, Ikpeng, Japreria, Macushi, Panare, Pemon, Tiriyó, Wayana, Ye’kuana, Yukpa

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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