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. Recently the spelling system was reformed, though some people still use the old system.

Marshallese pronunciation

Marshallese 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)

Tower of Babel in Marshallese

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.prel.org/products/pr_/lc-marshallese.asp

Malayo-Polynesian languages

Acehnese, Ajië, Aklan, Anutan, Balinese, Batak, Bikol, Bugis, Buhid, Bushi, Cebuano, Cham, Chamorro, Chuukese, Cia-Cia, Cuyonon, Dawan, Drehu, Fijian, Filipino, Futunan, Hanuno'o, Hawaiian, Hiligaynon, Iban, Iloko, Indonesian, Javanese, Kadazandusun, Kapampangan, Kiribati, Madurese, Makasarese, Malagasy, Malay, Mandar, Maori, Maranao, Marshallese, Minangkabau, Moriori, Nauruan, Ndrumbea, Nias, Paamese, Paicî, Palauan, Pangasinan, Pohnpeian, Raga, Rapa Nui, Rarotongan, Rejang, Rotuman, Sakao, Samoan, Central Sinama, Sundanese, Tagabawà, Tagalog, Tagbanwa, Tahitian, Tausūg, Tetum, Tokelauan, Tongan, Toraja-Sa'dan, Tuvaluan, Waray-Waray, Xârâcùù, Yapese,

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet