Languages of BelizeSee language map.
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.
|Belize Kriol English||
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
Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, English
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
9,000 in Belize (1995 SIL). Southern Belize.
Alternate names: Ketchí, Quecchí, Cacché.
Classification: Mayan, Quichean-Mamean, Greater Quichean, Kekchi
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
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
5,763 in Belize (1991 census).
Alternate names: German, Mennonite German.
Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, Low Saxon-Low Franconian, Low Saxon
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