Chamorro language

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Chamorro
Spoken in: Guam
Region: Guam, Northern Mariana Islands
Total speakers: more than 60,000
Ranking: Not in top 100
Genetic
classification:
Austronesian

 Malayo-Polynesian
  Chamorro

Language codes
ISO 639-3cha
SIL

Chamorro, or Chamoru, is the native language used in Guam and Northern Mariana Islands. Although the English language and Japanese language are commonplace on both Guam, and the Northern Marianas Islands, people still use the Chamorro language.

Chamorro has a large Spanish vocabulary (approx 70% of word roots), but contrary to the popular view it is not a Spanish Creole: Chamorro very much uses its loan words in a Micronesian way (eg: bumobola "playing ball" from bola "ball, play ball" with infix -um- and reduplication of root). There are approximately 50,000 speakers of Chamorro throughout the Marianas chain of islands, the majority of them concentrated on Guam.

Chamorro's nearest linguistic relatives are found in the Philippines.

Alphabet

' (glottal stop), A, , B, Ch, D, E, F, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, , Ng, O, P, R, S, T, U, Y

Note that the letter Y is pronounced more like 'dz' as it is in some dialects of Castilian Spanish. Note also that A and are not distinguished in written Chamorro, both being written as 'A'; nor are N and distinguished. Thus the Guamanian place name Yona is pronounced 'dzo-nya', not 'yo-na' as might be expected.

Chamorro basic phrases

Hafa adai "Hello"

Hafa tatmanu hao? "How are you?"

Hayi na'an-mu? "What is your name?"

Si Bruce yu' "I am Bruce"

Guahan "Guam"


External links

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See also: Spanish Creole

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