Boruca language
The Boruca language is the native language of the Boruca
The Boruca are an indigenous people living in Costa Rica. The tribe has about 2,660 members, most of whom live on a reservation in the Puntarenas Province in southwestern Costa Rica...

 people of Costa Rica
Costa Rica
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. It is one of the Chibchan languages
Chibchan languages
The Chibchan languages make up a language family indigenous to the Isthmo-Colombian area, which extends from eastern Honduras to northern Colombia and includes populations of these countries as well as Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama...

. It is nearly extinct; it was spoken fluently by only five women in 1986, while 30 to 35 others spoke it nonfluently. The rest of the tribe's 1,000 members speak Spanish
Spanish language
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. The language is taught as a second language at the local primary school Escuela Doris Z. Stone. One can hear Bronka words and phrases mixed into Spanish conversations but it is extremely rare to hear prolonged exchanges in Bronka.

¿Ishójcre rában? = ¿Qué tal? = What's up?
Morén, morén. = Bien = Fine, well.

The Personal Pronouns in Boruca (the ˇ represents a glottal stop.)
Person Singular Plural
1st át diˇ / diˇ rójc
2nd biˇ / biˇ rójc
3rd i i rójc / iˇ rójc

The Numbers (The "ṅ" is used in place of an "n" with an "¨" over top, as this character is unavailable. This produces a slightly different sound from the normal n or ñ.)
Numbers Bronka
1 éˇxe, éˇxi
2 búˇc
3 maṅ
4 bájcaṅ
5 shishcáṅ
6 téshan
7 cúj, cújc
8 éjtaṅ
9 cújtaṅ, éjcuj
10 téjcuj, cróshtaṅ, búˇc cúj

Map of Boruca
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