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Languages of Belize

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Belize. 272,945. American Indians 11% (1991 census). National or official language: English. Literacy rate: 70%. Average years of schooling 7.53. Also includes Hindi (8,455), Japanese, Korean, North Levantine Spoken Arabic (187), Chinese. Information mainly from SIL 1973–2003. Blind population: 728 registered. Deaf population: 12,671. Deaf institutions: 1. The number of languages listed for Belize is 8. Of those, all are living languages.

Living languages

Belize Kriol English

[bzj] 55,051 in Belize (1991 census). Population total all countries: 95,051. Ethnic population: 158,000 including second-language speakers (1990). Most live in Belize City, but nearly everyone else in Belize is either a first- or second-language speaker of Creole. Many of the rural villages are Creole-speaking. Creole people tend to live along the coast or other waterways. It is the lingua franca in much of the country. Also spoken in USA. Alternate names: Northern Central America Creole English, Kriol, Creola.  Dialects: Reported to be very close to Mískito Coast, Rama Cay, and Islander (San Andrés) creoles. Historically an extension of Mískito Coast Creole. Dahufra was a creole used in the 16th to 18th centuries.  Classification: Creole, English based, Atlantic, Western 
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[eng]   Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, English 
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[cab] 12,274 in Belize (1991 census). Dangriga, Stann Creek, and Toledo along the coast, 6 villages. Alternate names: Caribe, Central American Carib, Black Carib, "Moreno".  Classification: Arawakan, Maipuran, Northern Maipuran, Caribbean 
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[kek] 9,000 in Belize (1995 SIL). Southern Belize. Alternate names: Ketchí, Quecchí, Cacché.  Classification: Mayan, Quichean-Mamean, Greater Quichean, Kekchi 
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Maya, Mopán

[mop] 8,375 in Belize (2000 WCD). Population total all countries: 10,975. Toledo, Stann Creek, and Cayo districts. Also spoken in Guatemala. Alternate names: Maya Mopán, Mopane.  Classification: Mayan, Yucatecan, Mopan-Itza 
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Maya, Yucatán

[yua] Ethnic population: 5,000 in Belize (1991). San Antonio and Succoths in Cayo District. It may still be spoken in the Orange Walk and Corozal districts near the Mexico border. Alternate names: Yucateco.  Classification: Mayan, Yucatecan, Yucatec-Lacandon 
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[pdt] 5,763 in Belize (1991 census).  Alternate names: German, Mennonite German.  Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, Low Saxon-Low Franconian, Low Saxon 
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[spa] 80,477 in Belize (1991 census). Northern and western districts, and scattered throughout the country. Alternate names: Español, Castellano.  Classification: Indo-European, Italic, Romance, Italo-Western, Western, Gallo-Iberian, Ibero-Romance, West Iberian, Castilian 
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