Kiribati (taetae ni Kiribati)
Kiribati is a Micronesian language spoken in Kiribati, Fiji, Nauru,
the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu by about 70,000 people. The
Republic of Kiribati was formerly called the Gilbert Islands and their
languge was called Gilbertese. The islands were named after Captain Thomas
Gilbert, who "discovered" the main island of the group in
1788. Kiribati [kiribas] is the local version of Gilbert.
The original name of the islands was Tungaru.
The Kiribati language first appeared in writing in the mid 19th
century. Rev. Hiram Bingham, Jr. of the Protestant mission based in
Hawaii arrived in the Gilberts in 1857, devised a way of writing Kiribati
using the Latin alphabet and used it to produce a translation of the Bible.
Other missionaries devised different spelling systems.
In the mid-1970s the Kiribati Language Board was established to
standardise the orthography and grammar of the Kiribati language, to
compose and update a dictionary and to work towards development of a
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Sample text in Kiribati
I a butiiko ma kawiiremweko riki n taetae ao tai kaboonganai taeka aika
a kaangaanga b'a I aonga ni waetata n rabakau.
Please speak slowly, and don't use difficult words, so that I can learn more quickly.
Tower of Babel in Kiribati
Information about Kiribatai
Online Kiribati language lessons
Other languages written with the Latin alphabet