Chamorro language

Malayo-Polynesian (Austronesian) language, spoken on the Mariana Islands

The Chamorro language (chuh-MORE-row) (Finuʼ Chamoru in Chamorro) is a language spoken in Guam and the Mariana Islands. It has a lot of loanwords from the Spanish language. It is spoken by about 58,000 people.

Chamorro
Native toMariana Islands
EthnicityChamorro
Native speakers
58,000 (2005–2015)[1]
Official status
Official language in
 Guam
 Northern Mariana Islands
Language codes
ISO 639-1ch
ISO 639-2cha
ISO 639-3cha
Glottologcham1312
ELPChamorro
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The Chamorro language has its own wikipedia. The first edit was made there in 2004. I

HistoryEdit

In 1922, the US government banned the Chamorro language. Now, most Chamorro in Guam speak English. However, some people are teaching Chamorro classes so that others can learn the language.

LettersEdit

Chamorro uses the ABCs like English and Spanish. The Spanish brought them this alphabet.

VowelsEdit

Chamorro has 6 vowels.

Letter Pronunciation
Å like a in car
A like a in cat
I like ee in meet or i in pit
E like e in met or ee in meet
U like oo in tool or u in put
O like ow in low or u in put


ConsonantsEdit

Chamorro has 19 consonants.

Letter Pronunciation
' as in the space between "uh" and "oh" in uh-oh
B
Ch
D
F
G
H
J
K
L
M
N
Ñ as in the ni in onion
NG as in the ng in sing
P
R
S
T
Y as in the z in zoo or j in June
  1. Chamorro at Ethnologue (19th ed., 2016)