Maya for Travelers and Students: A Guide to Language and Culture in Yucatan – Gary Bevington

The Yucatan Peninsula draws many North American and European travelers each year to view the ruins of the pre-Columbian Classical Maya civilization and the abundant native flora and fauna. For these travelers, as well as armchair travelers and students, Gary Bevington has prepared the first general English-language introduction to Yucatec Maya, the native language of the people indigenous to the region.

Written in nontechnical terms for learners who have a basic knowledge of simple Mexican Spanish, the book presents easily understood, practical information for anyone who would like to communicate with the Maya in their native language. In addition to covering the pronunciation and grammar of Maya, Bevington includes invaluable tips on learning indigenous languages “in the field.” Most helpful are his discussions of the cultural and material worlds of the Maya, accompanied by essential words and expressions for common objects and experiences. A Maya-English-Spanish glossary with extensive usage examples and an English-Maya glossary conclude the book.

Gary Bevington is Professor of Linguistics and International/Intercultural Studies at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.

Available at the Cervantes Institute Library at Chicago:

More information/ Más información:

A blog post from a student of a University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign professor of anthropology, doing research in Belize and a post from Lisa Lucero herself, in the New York Times

Map of the Maya World from PBS’ NOVA

Videos about Maya history and culture from the History Channel

Mayan culture and travel information for Cancun from the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau



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