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The Language Group

For those interested in learning and revitalizing the Indigenous languages of the Caribbean. Includes, Taíno, Karifuna, Garifuna, Lokono, Wayuu, Añu (Paraujano), Warao, Carib etc. THE USE OF ANY INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE IS WELCOMED AND ENCOURAGED! :)

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Discussion Forum

Some Karifuna (Island Carib) phrases 9 Replies

Started by Arenahi. Last reply by Angelica Feb 16, 2017.

Lokono Dian: The Arawak Language of Suriname (14MB) 7 Replies

Started by Arenahi. Last reply by Miguel Sague Jr May 28, 2015.

Taino language reconstruction or Tayiino 4 Replies

Started by Edgar Retana. Last reply by AkuTurey Mar 8, 2014.

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Comment by Ignacio G. Rivera on May 9, 2013 at 3:53pm

So when we say "Hahóm" the H's are pronounced right?

Comment by Ignacio G. Rivera on May 5, 2013 at 5:40pm

Thank you so much Joanna. This helps a lot. 

Comment by Joanna 'Aya' Soto-Avilés on May 5, 2013 at 5:30pm

Using Spanish phonetics,  J sounds like the H in English phonetics which is like the H in Hello.  The H in Spanish phonetics, however, is silent.  It would make sense that, given Indigenous thinking and Indigenous Peoples' relationships with their environment, that in a word like Hurakan the H would sound "breathy" to imitate the wind.  This is one of the reasons that language is considered an important part in what helps define a culture since it helps us understand a people's mindset and world view.  I believe that some of the confusion regarding our language is due to spelling because some people use Spanish phonetics while others use English phonetics or a mix of the two (ex., Jan Jan Katu, Han Han Katu, Jan Jan Catu, Han Han Katu).  This is further complicated by differences due to dialects and the evolution of the language as well as the corruption of some words by Spanish chroniclers.  There has been, and continued to be, a lot of work being done by various Taíno groups and it is my hope that one day soon all these efforts will be combined to create a comprehensive Taíno dictionary complete with syntax, grammar and recordings. 

Hope this helps a little.  Seneko Kakona...

Comment by Ignacio G. Rivera on May 5, 2013 at 12:09pm

Takaji everyone. As I am trying to teach myself the Taino language (while I continue to search for someone/ classes/ community I can learn from first hand), I am wondering if someone could share with me pronunciation. Is the J silent? etc...

Thank you and seneko kakona!!

Comment by Pablo Jose de la Torre on April 10, 2012 at 6:12pm

take me by the hand as if a were a three year old and teach me...please

Comment by NANIKIBO CIMUYA on March 12, 2012 at 5:43pm


Comment by NANIKIBO CIMUYA on January 23, 2012 at 1:46pm

yaya cacona guai   

Comment by Ignacio G. Rivera on December 29, 2011 at 4:57am

Hola everyone. Is this group still active? I am on a journey to learn the Taino language. I've found some websites but would love any leads on groups that may meet. I live in NY. Thanks.

Comment by Sonte Myers on October 11, 2011 at 7:41pm

I am a student at the University of Maryland, upon graduation I wish to travel to connect with my Taino Arawak people and learn the language.


Does anyone know of any concentrated areas of the Taino Arawak people? Or knows of anyone I could connect with and learn from?

Comment by Guy Marco on November 18, 2010 at 10:05pm

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