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If you spell kanjobal with a K, then be sure to read the various spellings found below.

Q’anjob’al Spellings

Q’anjob’al (pronounced kan-jo-bal) is an indigenous Mayan language to the Q’anjob’al’s in the Huehuetenango region of Guatemala. Many people who speak Quiché fled into exile or moved away as refugees after the Guatemalan Civil War. The word Q’eqchi means “to sweat,” which happens when someone speaks rapidly without taking breaths between sentences.

Q’anjob’al is referred to differently in natively spoken areas of Guatemala, Santa Eulalia (Jolom Konob’), San Pedro Soloma (Tz’uluma’), Santa Cruz Barillas (Yalmotx), San Juan Ixcoy, San Miguel Acatán, and San Rafael la Independencia. Names independent of location but may include regional references are: Conob, Eastern Kanjobal, Eastern Qanjobal, K’anjobal, Kanhobal, Kanjobal, Qanjobal, or Santa Eulalia Kanjobal.

Our research has found that Illinois is one pocket of relocation for Q’anjob’al-speaking Guatemalan ex-pats. Regardless of your location, CIT can easily translate or interpret from Q’anjob’al to English. 

Q’anjob’al (pronounced kan-jo-bal) is an indigenous Mayan language to theQ’anjob’al’s in the Huehuetenango region of Guatemala.

From Spanish Rooted In Latin

The Qʼanjobʼal alphabet is a form of the Roman alphabet adapted to write sounds in their language which do not exist in English or Spanish.

The letter ꜥ (Aa) makes the “/a/ sound” such as in “father.” The letter Ꜧ (Ee) makes the “/e/ sound” such as in “egg.” The letter ꜧ (Ii) makes the /i/ sound /ɪ/ which is found between the words bit and hit. The letter ꜩ (Oo) makes the /oʊ/ sound, which would be found in the word boat. The letter ꜧ (Uu) makes the /u/ sound such as in “put.” The letter Ꜵ (Cc) makes a hard /k/ sound, such as found at the beginning of “cat.” Here is how all twenty-six sounds of Qʼanjobʼal:

Aa /a/ as in father

Bb sounds like a “b” at the beginning of a word and like an “m” or “v” sound in between other sounds.

Bb /b/ as in bag

Cc hard k sound at beginning of cat

Ch /tʃ/ as in cheese

Dd /d/ as in dog

Ee /e/ as in egg

Ff sounds like a normal f sound, but is actually an h sound /h/ between vowels

Gg sounds like a normal g sound, but is actually an h sound before another vowel that begins with “a”

Hh /h/ as in hat

Ii /ɪ/ as bit between bit and hit

Jj sounds like the s in measure

Kk /k/ as in cat

Ll /l/ as in love

Mm /m/ as in moon

Nn /n/ as in now

Oo /oʊ/ as boat

Pp sounds like an ‘h’ at the beginning of word and before “u” or “w”

Qq sounds like a normal k sound, but is actually an h sound before another vowel

Rr /ɹ/ as in bag

Ss sounds like a normal s sound, but is actually an h sound after “a” and before another vowel

Tt sounds like a normal t sound, but is actually an h sound between vowels

Uu /u/ as in put

Ww sounds like a normal w sound, but is actually an h sound before another vowel that begins with “a” and after “I” and “e”

Xx /ks/ as in fox

Yy /j/ as in yet

Zz /s/ as in rose

In addition to the twenty-six letters of the Qʼanjobʼal alphabet, there are five digraphs that represent one sound each: ch, j, qʼ, tz`, and w.

Ch /tʃ/ as in cheese

Jj sounds like the s in measure

Qq sounds like a normal k sound, but is actually an h sound before another vowel

Tz` /ts/ as in bits

Ww sounds like a normal w sound, but is actually an h sound before another vowel that begins with “a” and after “I” and “e.”

Here are some words in Qʼanjobʼal:

Ichel Lix

Water Tz`ibal

Tree Than

Bird Wayx

Drink Chich

Dog Chbor

One Qʼaibʼal

Two Kebin

Three Tz`ibin

Four Kaban (or Kabʼan)

Five Kankabʼ (or Kanbʼ)

Six Kwakabn (or Kwakaban)

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