Languages of Nicaragua’s
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Languages of Nicaragua’s Caribbean Coast

The International Mother Language Day is celebrated every year on February 21 to recognize and promote the linguistic and cultural diversity of indigenous, afrodescendant and ethnic groups from different parts of the world. This day was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, in 1999.

Since 1987, article 11 of the Constitution of Nicaragua declares that “Spanish is the official language of the State. The languages of the communities of the Caribbean Coast shall also be officially used in the cases established by law”.

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The autonomous regions of the Caribbean Coast are distinguished for being multilingual and home to various native and ethnic groups that speak on a day-to-day basis their own language.

Among the languages of the indigenous people is the Miskito, which is present especially in the North Caribbean; the Mayangna that is only spoken among the tribes of the same name, who lived in the North Caribbean, especially in the surroundings of the Bosawás Biosphere Reserve; next is the Ulwa, which language is mainly spoken in the community of Karawala, located south, and its surrounded; Rama is another indigenous language of the South Caribbean Coast.

As for the languages of the afrodescendant peoples, there is the Garifuna which is spoken in Pearl Lagoon, Orinoco, and other neighbor communities, and the Creole or Creole English, which is present in the entire Caribbean Coast, predominantly in municipalities like the Corn Islands, Bluefields, Pearl Lagoon, and Puerto Cabezas.

ENGLISH MISKITO
Hello Naksa
Welcome Yamni Balram
Good evening Tutni yamni
Good morning Titan yamni
Thank you Tinki
Please Pliskam pali
I like you / I love you Mai wantsna/lamtuan sna
How are you? ¿Nahki sma?
I’m good Yamni sna
I’m not doing well Saura sna
My name is… Yang nini ba…
I’m from… Yang ba…
Caribbean Coast, lover her… liver! ¡Costa Caribe, latuan kaiki… liliam bris!
Nicaragua, Unique… Original! ¡Nicaragua, bak sakan kumi ka!
I love you Nicaragua Nicaragua lamtuan sna
Nicaragua, my land of lakes and volcanoes Nicaragua, yang tasbaiki, lakun bara il nani tasbaika
ENGLISH MAYANGNA
Hello Parastah
Welcome Yamni aiwanamana
Good evening Masan yamni
Good morning Mapiris yamni
Thank you Tingkih
Please Plisma palni
I like you / I love you Wantmayang/Dalani matalayang
How are you? ¿Ampat manh?
I’m good Yamni yang
I’m not doing well Dutni yang
My name is… Ayangki laih…
I’m from… Yang laih…
Caribbean Coast, lover her… liver! ¡Costa Caribe, dalani talah, alasna dutah!
Nicaragua, Unique… Original! ¡Nicaragua, aslah, ramh kidi!
I love you Nicaragua ¡Nicaragua Dalani matalayang!
Nicaragua, my land of lakes and volcanoes Nicaragua, sauki was dakni balna dawak asang balna
ENGLISH RAMA
Hello Hello
Welcome Maliis nisugni maa siku
Good evening Malika tabulak
Good morning Malika tamaski
Thank you Tinki
Please Plis
I like you / I love you maliis nisungi
How are you? Nika bii?
I’m good Nah malika askri
I’m not doing well Nah kwala
My name is… Nah aak…
I’m from… Nah ka…
Caribbean Coast, lover her… liver! Caribean Cost nah maliis nisugni
Nicaragua, Unique… Original! Nicaragua, saiming akri
I love you Nicaragua Nicargua Nah maliis
Nicaragua, my land of lakes and volcanoes Nicaragua nah Sulaing, tasup
ENGLISH ULWA
Hello Ampah, Dapi, bahang!!!
Welcome Yamka wadam!
Good evening Lumah yamka
Good morning Dislah yamka
Thank you upil
Please yamyatah
I like you / I love you Mawatayang/ dalaka matyang
How are you? Ampah man?
I’m good Yamka yang
I’m not doing well Dutka yang
My name is… Ayangki ya…
I’m from… Yang ya…
Caribbean Coast, lover her… liver! Kuma sauka kungka, dalaka talah…sangka atih!
Nicaragua, Unique… Original! Nikarawa, aslah walik… palka ya!
I love you Nicaragua Nikarawa dalaka matalyang
Nicaragua, my land of lakes and volcanoes Nikarawa, sauki wassikka dapi kuhlak ihilda sauna
ENGLISH GARIFUNA
Hello Máburiga
Welcome Buiti achülürüni
Good evening Buiti rabounwéyu
Good morning Buiti binafin
Thank you Seremein
Please Fulesi
I like you / I love you Suamein numutibu
How are you? Ida biangi? / Ida bían?
I’m good Magadietina
I’m not doing well Wuribati
My name is… Maria niri bei
I’m from…

Managua Naganawa

Managuana Nuguya

Caribbean Coast, lover her… liver! Cosu caribe,hísienwa la, wiwan la!
Nicaragua, Unique… Original! Nigarawa, aban rügüti, furumienti!
I love you Nicaragua

Suamein mumutibu Nigarawa

Hisien tibu un, Nigarawa

Nicaragua, my land of lakes and volcanoes Nigarawa, numúan lageira dunágei luma wübü géhebuchaditi