Libro de Expresiones en Q’eqchi’: Con Diccionario de Bolsillo (Spanish Edition)

This book is a useful resource for those traveling in areas where Q’eqchi’ is spoken or for anyone who wants to learn this Mayan language. This includes not only tourists but also medical, humanitarian or religious volunteers working in Q’eqchi’ communities. • Part I is a compilation of over 1,000 phrases presented in 20 principal sections and distributed over more than 100 subtopics. Topics include things like Greetings, Weather, Shopping, Asking Directions, Seeking Help, etc. Each phrase or word is first given in Q’eqchi’ and is then followed by the Spanish equivalent. • Part II contains a compact bilingual dictionary that includes the terms used in the sections and example phrases along with other commonly used words that travelers are likely to need to look up at some point.

Libro de Expresiones en Q'eqchi'
Libro de Expresiones en Q’eqchi’
Libro de Expresiones en Q'eqchi'

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Book of Phrases, Compact Dictionary (Q’eqchi’)

This publication is a useful resource for those traveling in areas where Q’eqchi’ is spoken or for anyone who wants to learn this Mayan language. This includes tourists and volunteers working in Q’eqchi’ communities. This book is also designed to be useful to speakers of Q’eqchi’ who want to work or study in English-speaking countries. The trilingual format in this book will also be useful for speakers of Q’eqchi’ in Belize who already speak English but who don’t speak Spanish and want to learn it. There is also a bilingual dictionary that include terms that travelers are likely to need to find.

Q’eqchi’ Phrases and Dictionary

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Twenty-Nine Ways to Say ‘Thank You’ in Mayan Languages

On this day of gratitude, multiply the ways that you can say ‘Thanks’!

29 Ways to Say Thank You in Mayan Languages

Mayan Languages in Belize

The most recent Population and Housing Census of Belize (2010) reports three Mayan languages in use in the country: Q’eqchi’, Mopan, and Yucatec. While there were only about 2,500 hundred speakers of Yucatec Mayan remaining in Belize, for Q’eqchi’ and Mopan the numbers are much larger. Most Q’eqchi’ speakers are concentrated in the southernmost district of Toledo, while Mopan speakers are reported in significant numbers in Toledo but also in Stann Creek district as well. Total Q’eqchi’ speakers were reported at 17,581 (13,597 in Toledo) and total Mopan speakers of 10,649 (about half of which live in Toledo as well.) All told, the population of the Toledo district of Belize is reported to be about two-thirds Mayan-speaking (68.4%).

Attached is a one-page summary of the rural villages of the Toledo District with information about their ethnicity and economic activities taken from the 2000 national census and subsequent reports. A majority of the villages are mostly or partly Q’eqchi’-speaking. Note: the largest town in Toledo is Punta Gorda (not included in the table of rural villages below), which itself has a very diverse population of about 5,500.

22 ways to say ‘I love you’ in Mayan

22 ways to say 'I love you' in Mayan

22 ways to say ‘I love you’ in Mayan

Prevalence of Mayan Languages Spoken in Guatemala

For further visualizations of these data, follow these links to detail for Number of Speakers and Geographic Area. You can also download the data worksheets there.

Prevalence of Mayan Languages in Guatemala (data table)

Prevalence of Mayan Languages in Guatemala

Audio files of Q’eqchi’ phrases uploaded

Voice recordings of 160 basic phrases in both Q’eqchi’ and English were recently uploaded to the experimental online version of the Q’eqchi’ ~ English dictionary project. They can be accessed by following this link: http://mayaglot.com/qeqchi_web_lex_2/categories/index.htm and then navigating to the Category titled “Kok’ Raqal Aatin / Basic Phrases” in the left-side pane (the fifth category up from the bottom). The phrases that appear in the category in the right-side pane will show a speaker icon for each entry which can be clicked to listen to the audio file.

Note: Not all browsers support the plug-in technology used with these recordings. If you get a message that it won’t work in your browser, your best bet is to try another browser that supports this type of playback.

Aajel ru ninb’antioxi re Laj Juan Carlos Coy (Fundación San Mateo, Senahú) ut re Lix Po (Julian Moon li xk’ab’a’ sa’ Inkles) intenq’ankil rik’ineb’ li xyaab’asinkil li kok’ raqal aatin sa’ Q’eqchi’ ut sa’ Inkles—chaab’ilex laa’ex!

Greetings (in 20 Mayan languages)

View and download the following file with formal greetings in 20 different languages from the Mayan family (including Spanish and English translations):

Formal Greetings in 20 Mayan Languages (Mayan, Spanish, English)

Formal Greetings in 20 Mayan Languages

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