So a while ago we introduced you some of key Kriol phrases you should master before visiting Belize. We’re glad that you enjoyed that and I bet we even had a few of you biting your tongues, didn’t we? 🙂

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While Kriol is the english dialect predominant in Belize, there are also several other actual languages in Belize. As you are probably aware in addition to standard English and kriol, there is also Spanish, several dialects of Maya, Garifuna, German (prevalent in the Mennonite communities), Arabic, Taiwanese and Chinese; And as the country continues to grow, more cultures along with their languages are becoming just as Belizean as Rice and Beans. If there’s one thing for sure, it’s that there is no one shade or language that makes a Belizean. We are different colors, many people, several languages, but all BELIZEAN.

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Today we’ll introduce you to the a few Yucatec Maya phrases:

*Bix a Bel (pronounced: bish-a-bell)                 How are you?
Tux ka bin(pronounced: toosh kah bin)           Where are you going?
Koox (pronounced:cosh)                                         Let’s go
Koox Te’elo (cosh tay-lo)                                          Let’s go there

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About the Author: Tamara Sniffin

I’m a sucker for a fuzzy face, a feathered face, a face with fins or even one with scales! I am in love with the creatures and the flora that are synonymous with Belize and every opportunity I have to learn more about them and explore their wild habitats I am there! I’m the happiest when I’m snorkeling the reef and swimming with turtles, however my passion is not just limited to critters! Laced throughout this compact jungle gem of a country live the Kriol, Maya, Garifuna, Mestizo and Spanish people, and experiencing each culture, especially their celebrations is one of my favorite pastimes.

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