Barai is a member of the Koiarian branch of the Trans-New Guinea language spoken in Oro (Northern) and Central Provinces of Papua New Guinea. Barai speakers are found mainly in Afore and Birarie districts of Oro Province, and in Rigo district of Central Province. In 2003 there were about 800 Barai speakers.

Barai has two dialects: Birarie and Muguani, and is related to Ese.

Latin alphabet for Barai

Barai alphabet and pronunciation


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

  1. Bu ijiege kuavoga Jesu fu urina kiae, Ja baname isoekuva ni ijiege isoena kuarafo. Godi Asoe nuvuone, no ive one akae ije abe ajiakinu aroeve. No vierafe maza ije a e boeje ijiebuo oe ije samuagiadufuo ije fuka migegire ume igia redufuo.
  2. Ro maza besubesu ire no idufuo ije vajuone.
  3. Ro ni izege no kairafa gue bu nuvuone ise rega ije no giana arevo ijiege ni ise nuvuone guona arene. Ro ade arega no irufui binobino biediavo.



  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.


Some details provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample video in Barai

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Information about Barai

Trans-New Guinea languages

Amele, Awara, Barai, Beami, Blagar, Borong, Bunak, Dadibi, Daga, Huli, Kanasi, Ketengban, Makalero, Meriam Mir, Nobonob, Sawila, Tairoa, Teiwa, Wantoat

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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