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Basic Kuna:
English/Spanish/Kuna Dictionary

Learning the Kuna language one word at time

The native tongue of the Kuna, is pronounced Guna or Tulekaya. From A to Z this basic Kuna/Spanish/English dictionary details a litany of necessary translations for common words and phrases most likely to be encountered in the San Blas Islands.

In Dulegaya, the Kuna's native language, mola means shirt or clothing. The mola originated with the tradition of Kuna women painting their bodies with geometric designs, using available natural colors. Molas, form the traditional outfit of a Kuna woman, two mola panels are incorporated as front and back panels in a blouse. Full costumes includes a patterned wrapped skirt (saburet), a red and yellow headscarf (musue), arm and leg beads (wini), a gold nos3 ring (olasu) and earrings in addition to the mola blouse dulemor.

Dulegaya is the primary language of daily life in the comarcas, and the majority of Kuna children speak the language. Spanish is also widely used, especially in education and written documents. Although it is relatively viable, Kuna is considered to be one of the world's endangered languages.

Suffice it to say, this is a good pocket beginners guide you handily can carry on your travels in your back pocket or backpack.

Middle Coast Foreign Language Series

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