Chamorro language

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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.

History[change | change source]

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.

Letters[change | change source]

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

Vowels[change | change source]

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


Consonants[change | change source]

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