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Published on Aug 7, 2011
12-year-old Umberto offers this introductory lesson to the Tz'utujil language. Tz'utujil (or Tz'utujiil) is a Mayan language spoken by the Tz'utujil people in the region to the south of Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. Tz'utujil is closely related to its larger neighbors, Kaqchikel and K'iche'. Today approximately 84,000 speak Tz'utujil as their mother tongue. -photograhed by Nicholas Beatty
0:14 What time is it? Nak Ora Chik 0:23 What is your name? Naq A'bi 0:32 Where are you from? At xin b'atri 0:42 what are you doing? Naq Nab'an 0:49 How are you? Utz'awach 0:58 Where are you going? B'a nat beb'i 1:09 Where do you live? B'a nat pibi 1:22 Do yo have siblings? ee k'o awach'alaal 1:35 See you later? xti gatz'echinagi 1:52 See you soon? xti gatz'echinagi 1:03 Welcome? ut'z apetik 2:10 Good bye? Na'an or Jatk'a (response) 2:31 I like? Nwajo 2:53 I'm full? in-nojnaq 3:10 I'm sleepy? K'o nwaram 3:25 I'm hungry? nq'agan nuupan 3:40 I'm cold? Tef nna' 3:53 I'm hot? (or its hot) k'aten na 4:05 Just do it? x'a tab'ana' 4:37 Leave it? tayaakan