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Mansi (Маньси / Man'si)

Mansi is a member of the Ob-Ugric branch of the Finno-Ugric language family and is spoken in Russia in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, along the Ob River and its tributaries, and in parts of Sverdlovsk Oblast. There are about 3,184 speakers. There are four main mutually unintelligible 'dialects': East, South, West and North Mansi, some of which are extinct. The language used to be known as Vogul.

Mansi first appeared in writing in a translation by G. Popov of The Gospel According to Matthew, which was published by the British Bible Society in London in 1868. A Mansi primer was published by Bishop Nikonor in 1903. Then in 1931, the Research Association of the Institute of the Nordic Peoples in Leningrad created a standard orthography for Mansi based on the Sosva dialect and using the Latin alphabet. In 1937 the Latin alphabet was replaced by the Cyrillic alphabet.

Mansi alphabet and pronunciation (Мāньщи алфавит)

Mansi alphabet and pronunciation


б, д, ж, з, ф, ч, щ are used only in names and loanwords

Information about Mansi pronunciation compiled by Wolfram Siegel, with additions and amendments by 이윤호

Sample text in Mansi

Пася олэн, няврамыт. Унтэн. (Здравствуйте, ребята. Садитесь). Ёл унтэн ос хунтлэн, маныр ам нан лавегум. (Сядьте и послушайте что я вам сейчас скажу). Тыхотал ман палт муйхотпа ёхтыс. Нан сака ёмас рупитэн, мен нётэлын. (Сегодня к нам пришли гости. Вы должны хорошо работать и помогать мне) Тыхотал манах числа? Хумус лавев. (Какое сегодня число? Как скажем.) Ёмас. Тетрадит палыг пусэлын, числа хансэн. (Хорошо. Тетради откройте и запишите)



Hello, children, Sit down. Sit down and listen what I'm saying now. Today guest will come us. You worked long well and helped me. What's the date today? How we say. Good. Open the notebook and write.

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Information about the Mansi language and people

Online Mansi dictionary

Ugric languages

Hungarian, Khanty, Mansi

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