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Studying Maya

Guatemala is a famous destination to study Spanish, but here you can also learn the language of the Maya. Many people—particularly linguists and anthropologists—come to Guatemala to study one of the 21 distinct Mayan dialects spoken throughout the country. Around 40 percent of the population speaks one of these languages, but they are quickly becoming marginalized. Today, strong efforts are being made to learn and preserve Mayan languages, including Mayans who wish to understand their cultural heritage.

One of the most popular Mayan languages to learn is Quiché, spoken by around one million Guatemalans. There are schools offering Quiché language study in various parts of the country, including Quetzaltenango, where a large percentage of indigenous Mayans live. In fact, one of the best ways to learn is to take residency in a community with a large indigenous population and immerse yourself in the language.

Finding a school that offers Mayan language studies is much more difficult than enrolling in a Spanish school. It is recommended you seek out a school that gives you the opportunity to visit villages where the language of your choosing is widely spoken so that you can practice with native speakers. One good option is the Celas Maya School in Quetzaltenengo, The school offers one-on-one classes for four hours per day and can set you up with a Quiché-speaking host family to live with while you are enrolled.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Guatemala: When to Go, Health, Services, Study Spanish, Travel Insurance In Guatemala, Overview El Remate, Tour Operator Summary, Restaurant Summary, Living In Guatemala and Overview restaurant.

11 Aug 2010

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