Dadibi is a member of the Teberan branch of the Trans-New Guinea language family. It is spoken in eastern Papua New Guinea, particularly in the Karimui-Nomane District of Chimbu Province, in the Kagua-Erave District of Southern Highlands Province, and in southern parts of Jiwaka Province. In 1988 there were about 10,000 speakers of Dadibi, which is also known as Daribi or Karimui.

Dadibi was first written in the 1980s, when Christian missionaries started translating the Bible. They devised a way to write the language using the Latin alphabet, and a complete Dadibi translation of the Bible was published in 2001/2002. They also produced material, such as readers and a grammar, to help the Dadibi people learn to read and write their language.

Dadibi alphabet and pronunciation

Dadibi alphabet and pronunciation

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

  1. Tama Jisasgo augwalibolo te po wali, “Godibolo po weyu, e tama waiyąo, ‘Dago Aya, dago homugo nago dwagi yai nogi ugwaba somainao. Dago homugo nago we bidi tonalubo sę asomainao.
  2. Da bidibo dononama dago homugo tubo nai mao.
  3. Gasa bidigo dabolo dwai sę ebaso da, dago te sela sąbo dao. Tama dago homugo nago te dago dwai sęde sali sęgę me sela sąyao. Nago da te dwai sę emainu bomona sinabo pesageba sela pigio,’ te po waiyąo,” wali.



  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.


Details provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Video in Dadibi

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Information about Dadibi

Trans-New Guinea languages

Amele, Awara, Barai, 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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