The Garo language is spoken by 800,000 people in the Garo Hills in the
Indian state of Meghalaya, in the districts of Kamrup, Dhubri, Goalpara
and Darrang in Assam, and in Bangladesh. Garo is a Tibeto-Burman language
of the Bodo-Konyak-Jingpho group and is closely related to Bodo.
Brief lists of Garo words were compiled by British officials in 1800,
and Garo acquired a Latin-based spelling system during the late 19th
century. This was devised by American Baptist missionaries and based
on a northeastern dialect of Garo. A version of the
Bengali alphabet is sometimes used to write Garo
Garo publications include some collections of stories, weekly newspapers,
school books, dictionaries and religious works, including the bible.
People use the language for private correspondence and some signs.
Garo alphabet and pronunciation
Information about the Garo scripts and pronunciation compiled or corrected by Wolfram Siegel