Achang (Ngachang)

The Achang language is a member of the Burmish branch of the Tibeto-Burman language family. It is spoken in parts of Yunnan province in southern China by about 60,000 people (in 2007). Achang speakers are known as Achang or Maingtha, and the native name of the language is Ngachang [ŋa˨˩tʂhaŋ˨˩]. The language is also known as Ngochang, or 阿昌 (Āchāng) in Chinese.

Achang is spoken mainly in the counties of Longchuan (陇川县), Lianghe (梁河县) and Longling (龙陵县), and in Mang City (芒市 - formerly known as Luxi). Each area has its own dialect, and there is little mutual intelligibility between them.

Achang alphabet and pronunciation

Achang alphabet and pronunciation


Download a Achang alphabet chart (Excel)

Source: A preliminary Ngochang-Kachin-English Lexicon

Sample text (The Lord's Prayer)

Maukhung mha nyeis, ngamoq dah Uwus eh, Nah nyings gyingshang nyeis bas jungh. Nah munghdan jweh los bas jungh; Maukhung mha nah ehnyet tap joq zis yah dvyhangteh, Nyeisjvng mas eq tap joq bas jungh. Ngamoq chah nyeis dah wom jeis khvnyhik ngamoq lyis dyei aq. Ngamoq lyis cu bang dah yobos lyis ngamoq khyuot dyei zis yah dvyhangteh, Ngamoq cu dah yobos lyis khyuot dyei aq. Ngamoq lyis shiwu yvmas vshwih loh; Ma gis cho mhayah ngamoq lyis khyuot kat aq: khasoeh ge lyis munghdan yomsoq yahge phunk nyoqnho ngelang gas vcaiq vto nah zis nghuot.



  1. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
  2. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
  3. Give us this day our daily bread.
  4. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
  5. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.


Information provided by Michael Peter Füstumum and Wolfram Siegel

Sample videos

Information about Achang | Tower of Babel


Information about Achang

Tibeto-Burman languages

Achang, Arakanese, Balti, Bisu, Chocha Ngacha, Drung, Hajong, Hani, Hmar, Jingpho, Lashi, Lepcha, Lhao Vo, Lhomi, Lisu, Magar, Manipuri, Mro, Naxi, Newar, Nusu, Pahari, Tangkhul Naga, Tujia, Yolmo, Zaiwa

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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