Mizo (Mizo ṭawng)
Mizo is a member of the Kukish branch of the Tibeto-Burman language
family spoken by about 700,000 people mainly in Mizoram state in
India, and also in Chin State in Burma, and in the Chittagong Hill Tracts in
Bangladesh. Mizo used to be known as Lushai, Lusei or Lushei, named
after the most common dialect of the language, which serves as a
lingua franca among the Kuki people.
Christian missionaries developed a way to write Mizo based on the
Hunterian translation system, which was developed in India during the
18th century and derived from a system devised by William Jones.
Much literature is produced in Mizo, particularly by Mizoram and
Manipur universities, and there is an annual prize for original works
in Mizo presented by the Mizo Academy of Letters. There are also
numerous newspapers in Mizo.
Mizo alphabet and pronunciation
Vowels and diphthongs
Mizo's eight tones are indicated as follows:
- long high tone: páng
- long low tone: pàng
- peaking tone: pâng
- dipping tone: päng
- short rising tone: pǎng
- short falling tone: pȧng
- short mid tone: pang
- short low tone: pạng
Sample text in Mizo
Mi zawng zawng hi zalèna piang kan ni a, zahawmna leh
dikna chanvoah intluk tlâng vek kan ni. Chhia leh ṭha
hriatna fîm neia siam kan nih avangin kan mihring puite
chungah inunauna thinlung kan pu tlat tur a ni.
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 Mizo
Information about the Mizo language
Online Mizo dictionaries
Nepal Bhasa / Newari,
Other languages written with the Latin alphabet