Hopilavayvenpi: The Hopi Alphabet in Conversation


Produced in 2013, this CD is the introduction to our new series of four Hopi language lessons. Hopilavayvenpi: The Hopi Alphabet in Conversation comes with an audio recording and booklet that teach the Hopi language by introducing the 21 symbols that make up the Hopi alphabet, Hopilavayvenpi. Starting with the vowels, each symbol is pronounced and example words are given to allow the listener to hear the pronunciation. After going through the 21 symbols, common Hopi phrases are introduced and pronounced in Hopi as well. The listener learns not only the symbols that make up Hopilavayvenpi, they also learn words, phrases and simple sentences.

Learning how to pronounce Hopi words like a native speaker is difficult but not impossible. The better your pronunciation, the better people will understand you and the easier you will find it to understand them.


Hopiikwa paypi i’ Hopilavayit peenaniqa oovi songawnen Hopilavayvenpi i’ hapi penpi.  Niqw nu’ oovi it penpit ang naanangk hin antsa i’ penpi töqtingwuqat put nu’ ang pangqawmani.

This is the Hopi alphabet.  These letters or letter characters are the marks that we use to write the Hopi language and like any alphabet, these letters represent the sounds of speech in the Hopi language.


Tsangaw nu’ Hopiituqayta. Paypi pan hakimuy aw amumi, itaa wuuwuyoqam, itaaso yu’a’atangwu qe’ ura pangqawu, qe’ um hisat uuhopilavayiy suutokni. So’on hak put hisat suutoki, lavayiy’i. Panwisa pu’ itam. Qa navoti’yyungwa itam, yu’a’atotaniqe. Itam qa amumi pan yu’a’atotangwu niiqe panniqw oovi’i. Pay hak hiisay niqw senpi  5 or 6 niqw hakiy a pangqawangwu, um pam’i, pam itaa naatoyla.

I appreciate knowing Hopi. That is the way our elders, our grandmother would speak and remind us, “Don’t ever forget your Hopi language.” One cannot forget it, their language. That is our life now. We don’t know how to speak. We don’t speak to them [our children] this way. That is why, when you are maybe 5 or 6, they tell you, “this is our identity.”                                        –Harlan Nakala, Lenwungwa, Flute Clan, Waalpi



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