K’iche’ (pronounced ) (Quiché in Spanish, Qatzijob'al "our language" to its speakers) is a group of languages that are part of the Mayan language family. They are spoken by many K'iche' people in the central highlands of Guatemala. With close to a million speakers (some 7% of Guatemala's population), the K'iche' complex is the second-most widely spoken language in the country after Spanish. Most speakers of K'iche' languages also have at least a working knowledge of Spanish except in some isolated rural villages.
There is substantial dialectal variation, and the main dialects are considered to be separate languages. Most speakers use Central K'iche', which is the most commonly used in the media and education. Although K'iche' is a national and not official language of Guatemala, and the literacy rate is low, it is increasingly taught in schools and used on radio.
The most famous work in the Classical K'iche' language is the Popol Vuh (Popol Wu'uj in modern spelling).
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