March 30th, 2018 | Season 1 | 18 mins 2 secs
central america, k'iche, mayan languages, the americas
K'iche is a Mayan language spoken in Guatemala by over a million people. Join us for this episode of Language Stories as we explore K'iche Maya at a local homestay and in a busy market town, as well as learning how to learn K'iche.
December 29th, 2017 | Season 1 | 23 mins 56 secs
mayan languages, mexico, the americas, yucatec maya
What happens when history tells us a civilisation has vanished? Disappeared. Gone. Kapoof.
Naturally, we assume that the languages spoken by those civilisations is gone too, right? That all citizens and descendants took them to the grave, leaving only some etchings at ruins of once great cities, which leaves lots of work for people who like deciphering stuff to decipher the pieces of the language spoken by these people.
And of course, the juicy gory details of history are the ones we hear about first: the human sacrifice, the end of the world predictions.
Think of this episode as a bit of a mythbuster. Answering the questions you didn't even know you had about a language that you didn't even know still existed.
Welcome to Language Stories, a podcast discovering languages around the world and meeting the people who speak them. I’m Lindsay Williams from Lindsay Does Languages, a language-obsessed chica on a constant exploration of languages no matter where I am in the world. And this episode, welcome to... Merida, Mexico where we’re hearing the story of Yucatec Maya.