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Hear words spoken in Spanish
Hear words spoken in Mam


Two separate Hillsborough child rape cases have been held up in court because of an indigenous language spoken in the western highlands of Guatemala. Interpreters are hard to find for the Mayan tongue of Mam. One linguist says it's as close to Spanish as it is to Chinese. (Mam audio source: Salem State College Language Resource Center

English: tomorrow | Spanish: manana

Click here to hear the Mam word for "Tomorrow": nchij


English: yesterday | Spanish: ayer

Click here to hear the Mam word for "Yesterday": eew


English: bird | Spanish: pajaro

Click here to hear the Mam word for "Bird": ch'it


English: Miss | Spanish: senorita

Click here to hear the Mam word for "Miss": q'apoj


English: four | Spanish: cuatro

Click here to hear the Mam word for "Four": chaja

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