Arosi is a member of the Southeast Solomonic group of Oceanic languages. It is spoken by about 6,750 people mainly on Makira Island in Makira-Ulawa Province in the east of the Solomon Islands, in particular in the area to the west of the Wango River in the northwest of Makira.

Arosi was first documented, to a limited extent, by Spanish explorers in 1588, when they visited Makira Island, which was formerly known as San Cristobal or San Cristoval. Arosi is written with the Latin alphabet, and there is an Arosi dictionary, a grammar, and translations of religious books in the language.

Arosi alphabet and pronunciation

Arosi alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Arosi (Excel)

Sample text (The Lord's Prayer - Luke 11: 2-4)

  1. Mia Jisas 'a o'ani 'iniraau, “Na'i 'oha moi ha'arahesi moi ha'atee o'ani: Amameeu, na atamu 'ai maea. Na houramu 'ai boi.
  2. Haa tana'ameu i mahoingau 'anai 'ado dangi.
  3. 'Oi 'adoma'i nugasi'ameu 'ini'i ora-ora'a amee'i, 'onaai 'adoma'i nugasi'i amee'i nei ra haa'i 'ino bwarasi'ameu.



  1. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
  2. Give us day by day our daily bread.
  3. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.


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Information about Arosi | Numbers


Information about Arosi

Oceanic languages

Adzera, Ahamb, Äiwoo, Aneityum, Apma, Araki, Are, ꞌAreꞌare, Arosi, ’Auhelawa, Avava, Babatana, Bola, Big Numbas, Buhutu, Bwaidoka, Caac, Cheke Holo, Dorig, Gela, Ghari, Hiri Motu, Hiw, Hoava, Kahua, Kakabai, Kaninuwa, Kokota, Kove, Kurti, Kwaio, Kwara’ae, Lau, Lehali, Lenakel, Lengo, Lewo, Longgu, Lote, Lo-Toga, Löyöp, Marovo, Maskelynes, Mato, Mavea, Mono-Alu, Motu, Mussau-Emira, Mwotlap, Nafsan, Nahavaq, Namakura, Nduke, Neve‘ei, Neverver, Ninde, North Efate, Nume, Oroha, Owa, Paamese, Raga, Rotuman, Roviana, Sa, Sakao, Saliba, Siar, Sio, Ske, Tamambo, Tami, Tigak, Tirax, Tolai, Touo, Ubir, Ughele, Vitu, Vurës, Western Fijian, Yabem, Yapese

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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