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Indigenous Interpreting Languages Available

  • Chatino

    map-thumb-chatinoChatino is classified under the Zapoteco branch of the Oto-Manguean language family. It is natively spoken by approximately 40,000 Chatino people, whose communities are located in the southern portion of the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Chatinos call their language cha’cña, which means “difficult word.” It is recognized as a national language of Mexico. There are 6 linguistic variants of Chatino.

  • Náhuatl

    map-thumb-nahuatlNáhuatl is a language of the Uto-Aztecan language family. Varieties of Náhuatl are spoken by an estimated 1.5 million Náhual people, most of whom live in Central Mexico. Náhuatl has been spoken in Central Mexico since at least the 7th century AD and was the language of the Aztecs. There are 30 linguistic variants of Náhuatl.

  • Purépecha

    map-thumb-purepechaPurépecha is a small language family spoken by more than 100,000 Purépecha people in the highlands of the Mexican state of Michoacán.

  • Tlapaneco

    map-thumb-tlapanecoTlapaneco is an Oto-Manguean language of Mexico spoken by more than 98,000 Tlapanec people in the Guerrero and Morelos regions. Like other Oto-Manguean languages, it is tonal and has complex inflectional morphology. There are 9 linguistic variants of Tlapaneco.

  • Amuzgo

    map-thumb-amuzgoAmuzgo is an Oto-Manguean language spoken in the Costa Chica region of the Mexican states of Guerrero and Oaxaca by about 44,000 speakers. Like other Oto-Manguean languages, Amuzgo is a tonal language. A significant percentage of the Amuzgo speakers are monolingual. There are 4 linguistic variants of Amuzgo.

  • Yucateco Maya

    map-thumb-yucatec-mayaYucateco Maya is a Mayan language spoken in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula and northern Belize. In some Mexican states, Yucateco Maya remains many speakers’ first language, and there are approximately 800,000 to 1.2 million speakers. Yucateco does not have the grammatical category of tense. Mayan languages form a language family spoken in Mesoamerica and northern Central America. Modern Mayan languages descend from Proto-Mayan, a language thought to have been spoken at least 5,000 years ago.

  • Mam

    Mam-thumbnailMam is a Mayan language spoken by over half a million people in Guatemala and Mexico. There are also thousands of Mam speakers in California. The Mam languages generally use verb-subject-object (VSO) word order. There is considerable variation in the language from village to village; however Mam speakers are able to understand one another reasonably well. There are 5 linguistic variants of Mam.

  • Kanjobal

    Mam-thumbnail Kanjobal (Q’anjob’al) is a Mayan language spoken by about 80,000 people in Guatemala. They have a primarily verb-subject-object (VSO) word order.

  • K’iché (Quiché)

    Mam-thumbnailK’iché (Quiché) is spoken by more than a million people in the Central highlands of Guatemala. There are 3 linguistic variants.

  • Mixe

    Mam-thumbnailMixe belongs to the family of Mixe-Zooquean. There are six different linguistic variants and nearly 90,000 people speak Mixe today.

  • Tseltal

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    Tseltal (Tzeltal) is a Mayan language. The four different linguistic variants are spoken by an estimated 200,000 Tseltal people, most of whom live in East Central Chiapas. Tseltal word order is verb-object-subject.

  • Tsotsil

    Mam-thumbnailTsotsil (Tzotzil) is a Mayan language. There are seven different linguistic language variants. Approximately 300,000 speak Tsotsil in Mexico. Tsotsil is a non-tonal and uses subject-verb-object or VOS word order.

  • Mixteco

    map-thumb-mixtecoMixteco languages are spoken by over half a million people. They are tonal languages, which means that variations in pitch distinguish different words, similar to Mandarin. They have a primarily verb-subject-object word order. The phonological system of the proto-language has nine consonants, four vowels and four tones. There are 81 linguistic variants.

  • Triqui

    map-thumb-triquiTriqui is spoken by the Triqui people of the state of Oaxaca and elsewhere due to migration, with about 25,000 speakers total. All varieties of Triqui are tonal and have complex phonologies. There are 4 linguistic variants of Triqui.

  • Zapoteco

    map-thumb-zapotecoAbout half a million people speak Zapoteco languages in southern Mexico, especially in the states of Oaxaca, Puebla and Guerrero. Zapoteco is a tonal language and has primarily VSO word order. There are 62 linguistic variants of Zapoteco.