Chungli Ao (Chùnglì Ahw)

Chungli Ao is a member of Kuki-Chin-Naga branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family. It is spoken by about 90,000 people in Nagaland in the northeast India, in particular in the villages of Molungkimong and Molungyimsen.

Chungli Ao is considered a prestige dialect of Ao, and spoken by about 50% of the Ao Naga people. Speakers of Mongsen Ao can generally speak Chungli Ao as well.

A way to write the Ao languages with the Latin alphabet, particularly Chungli Ao, was developed in the 1880s by Edward W. Clark, an American Christian missionary. Chungli Ao is taught in schools in the Mokokchung district, and is used in literature, including an online newspaper and a translation of the Bible.

Chungli Ao alphabet

Chungli Ao alphabet


A high tone can be indicated with an acute accent (á), a low tone can be marked with a grave accent (à), and a mid tone is not marked.

Download an alphabet chart for Chungli Ao (Excel)
Details of the Chungli Ao alphabet provided by Wolfram Siegel, with corrections by Michael Peter Füstumum

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

  1. Aser pai parnok dang ashi, “Kodang nenoki sarasademdir, nenoki yamai shiang, ‘Oba, ne nüng temeshi sang; Ne Yimli arung. Kotak nung koda lir, alima nung aji oda ne mulung sang.
  2. Anogo shia chiyungtsü onok nem kua.
  3. Aser ozü menentem tokang, kechiaser shiri onok dang tai menar parnok ajak dang onokia tai atoker; aser tatitangba dangi onok tanima.’ ”



  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.


Sample video


Information about Chungli Ao

Kuki-Chin-Naga languages

Biete, Falam, Hakha, Karbi, Kom, Mizo, Mongsen Ao, Paite, Tedim, Zeme, Zotung, Zou

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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