Nauruan is a member of the Micronesian branch of the Austronesian
languages spoken by about 7,000 people in Nauru (Naoero), which is located
in the southwest Pacific to the north of the Solomon Islands.
Nauruan was originally written with 17 letters: five vowels
(a, e, i, o, u) and twelve consonants (b, d, g, j, k, m,
n, p, q, r, t, w). As a result of influence from other languages, particularly German, Tok Pisin and Kiribati, additional letters were added
to the alphabet.
Sample text in Nauruan
Ñaga ã eitsiõk õrig imim, Gott õrig ianweron me eb.
Me eitsiõk erig imin ñana bain eat eb, me eko õañan, mi itũr emek animwet ijited, ma Anin Gott õmakamakur animwet ebõk.
Me Gott ũge, Enim eaõ, me eaõen.
Me Gott ãt iaõ bwo omo, me Gott õekae iaõ mi itũr.
Me Gott eij eget iaõ bwa Aran, me E ij eget itũr bwa Anũbũmin. Ma antsiemerin ma antsioran ar eken ũrõr adamonit ibũm.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.