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Garo (গারো)

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 in Bangladesh.

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

Latin and Bengali alphabets for Garo

Information about the Garo scripts and pronunciation compiled or corrected by Wolfram Siegel

Tower of Babel in Garo


Information about Garo

Tibeto-Burman languages

Arakanese, Bantawa, Burmese, Dzongkha, Garo, Karbi, Karen, Kayah Li, Ladakhi, Lahu, Lepcha, Limbu, Lisu, Manipuri, Marma, Mizo, Mro, Naxi, Nepal Bhasa / Newari, Sikkimese, Sunuwar, Tibetan, Tshangla, Tujia, Yi

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet

Languages written with the Bengali alphabet

Also used to write: Bishnupriya, Bodo, Chakma, Chiru, Koda, Nisi, Deori, Dimasa, Hajong, Koch, Khasi, Kudmali, Tiwa, Sauria Paharia, Miri, Chothe Naga, Thangal Naga, Moyon Naga, Maring Naga, Rabha, Rangpuri, Santali, Sadri, Oraon Sadri, Sulung, Panchpargania, Tippera, Kok Borok, Toto and Usui.