Maléku language

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Guatuso
Maléku Jaíka
Native to Costa Rica
Ethnicity Maleku people
Native speakers
750  (2000)[1]
Chibchan
Language codes
ISO 639-3 gut
Glottolog male1297[2]

The Maléku Jaíka language, also called Guatuso, is an indigenous language of north central Costa Rica. It is a Chibchan language spoken by around 750 indigenous Maléku people.

Sample Vocabulary[edit]

  • kapi kapi = hello (with a knocking gesture on your partner's shoulder)
  • afekapian = Thank you
  • w-ay = yes
  • hebet = no
  • fufu = morfo butterfly
  • niskak = bird
  • pili = toucan
  • pek-pen = frog
  • gnou-ek = red-eye frog
  • ti-fakara = waterfall
  • irri miotem? = what is your name?
  • mioten ... = my name is ...
  • arrachapi kahole = I would like a cup of coffee
  • errekeki kerakou = let's go (to a place)
  • erreke malehila =let's go swimming

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guatuso at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Maleku Jaika". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  • Constenla Umaña, Adolfo. (1998). Gramática de la lengua guatusa. Heredia, Costa Rica: EUNA.