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Marshallese (kajin m̧ajeļ)

Marshallese is a member of the Micronesian group of the Malayo-Polynesian branch of the Austronesian language family. Marshallese is spoken by about 23,000 people on the Marshall Islands in the North Pacific.

Marshallese is an official language of the Marshall Islands, along with English, and is used as the language of instruction in most primary schools.

Marshallese is written with the Latin alphabet. There are two orthographies: an old one, which was devised by missionaries, and though inconsistent in its representation of sounds, was the only orthography until recently. The new orthography, which is used the the Marshallese- English Dictionary, is closer to how Marshallese is spoken, however the old system is still used.

Marshallese alphabet and pronunciation

Marshallese alphabet and pronunciation

Sample text in Marshallese

Armij otemjej rej rujlok ilo anemkwoj im jonon utiej eo im maron ko air wot juon. Emwij lelok non ir maron in bukot non ir make im bareinwot boklikot kin men ko rej tomaki im bwe jerbal non dron ilo juon jitobon jimpenjatin.

Translation

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

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Links

Information about the Marshallese languages
http://www.rosettaproject.org/archive/mah/view?searchterm=Marshallese http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshallese_language
http://www.cmiedu.net/the_marshallese_language.htm

Marshallese phrases
http://www.rmiembassyus.org/Marshallese Phrasebook.htm
http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/mio/marshallese.html
http://www.wikihow.com/Learn-Marshallese
http://linguistics.berkeley.edu/~rscook/pdf/PCMLT-JejeinM.pdf
http://www.peterrg.com/Practical Marshallese.pdf

Micronesian languages

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet