Yucatec

Màaya t’àan

Óolaj! Ma’alob k’íin! This page is dedicated to Yucatec Maya or Maaya t’aan, an indigenous language spoken by about 800’000 people in the Yucatán Peninsula on the south-eastern tip of Mexico and in northern Belize.

The Yucatán Peninsula borders the Gulf of Mexico in the north and Belize and Guatemala in the south.

Yucatec Maya is descendent from Proto-Maya, a language spoken approximately 4’000 years ago.

Some notable features of Yucatec Maya:

  • ejective consonants
  • 3 tones
  • vowel harmony
  • noun classifiers
  • complex pronoun system
  • VSO word order
  • no articles
  • topic-comment structures
  • agglutination
Grammar

Orthography

Pronunciation

Counting in Yucatec

Vocabulary

Greetings

Animals

Colors

Basic Verbs

Food and Drinks

Numbers

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