Yucatec language, also called Maya or Yucatec Maya, American Indian language of the Mayan family, spoken in the Yucatán Peninsula, including not only part of Mexico but also Belize and northern Guatemala.
Although Spanish is the official language of all Central American countries (except for Belize, where it is English), many Mayan languages are still spoken today as first or second languages by over six million indigenous people.
Although many of the Maya people speak Spanish as well as their Maya language; many others will not, especially women and children. Some Maya speak a Spanish dialect called “la castilla”, a non-standard Spanish.
The Maya writing system is considered by archaeologists to be the most sophisticated system ever developed in Mesoamerica. The Maya wrote using 800 individual signs or glyphs, paired in columns that read together from left to right and top to bottom.
The Mayan languages form a language family spoken in Mesoamerica, both in the south of Mexico and northern Central America. Mayan languages are spoken by at least 6 million Maya people, primarily in Guatemala, Mexico, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras.
To say goodbye, you use “ Paátik in bin” which means “I am leaving.” Or, you can answer “Ma’alob tun,” which means “all right, then.”
cheers translated to Yucatec Maya
Although Maya is spoken in Mexico where Spanish is the national language, Maya has no relationship to Latin-based languages like Spanish. It does have its own highly-structured grammar of pronouns, verbs, adjectives and tenses. One of the most intriguing parts of Yucatec Maya is how it sounds.
Linguists who specialize in the study of Mayan languages represent these languages in a branching structure that shows how they are related to one another. These languages are related in much the same way that English and German or Spanish and Italian are related.
Nahuatl language, Spanish náhuatl, Nahuatl also spelled Nawatl, also called Aztec, American Indian language of the Uto-Aztecan family, spoken in central and western Mexico. Nahuatl, the most important of the Uto-Aztecan languages, was the language of the Aztec and Toltec civilizations of Mexico.
Maya writing was called ” hieroglyphics” or hieroglyphs by early European explorers of the 18th and 19th centuries who found its general appearance reminiscent of Egyptian hieroglyphs, although the two systems are unrelated.
Maya codices (singular codex) are folding books written by the pre-Columbian Maya civilization in Maya hieroglyphic script on Mesoamerican bark paper. The Maya developed their huun-paper around the 5th century, which is roughly the same time that the codex became predominant over the scroll in the Roman world.
The Maya believed that their rulers could communicate with the gods and their dead ancestors through the ritual of bloodletting. It was a common practice for the Maya to pierce their tongue, lips, or ears with stingray spines and pull a thorny rope through their tongue, or cut themselves with an obsidian (stone) knife.