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 in the Marshallese-English Dictionary, is closer to how Marshallese is spoken, however the old system is still used.
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.
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)
Information about the Marshallese languages