Fordata (vaidida)

Fordata is a member of the Central-Eastern branch of Malayo-Polynesian language family. It is spoken by about 50,000 people in the province of Maluku in eastern Indonesia, mainly in the north of the Tanimbar archipelago on the islands of Fordata, Larat, Lutur, Nuswotar, Labobar, Teneman, Seira, Molo and Maru, and on the west coast of Yamdena Island.

Fordata is also known as vaidida, vai Fordata or vai Tnebar. It is written with the Latin alphabet, and was first documented by missionaries in the late 19th century.

Fordata-speaking parents tend to speak to their children in Fordata and Ambonese Malay. The children grow up speaking both languages, although tend to be more proficient in Malay and Indonesian, which are the main languages used in schools, official contexts and church activities. Fordata is however taught as a subject in some schools.

Fordata alphabet and pronunciation

Fordata alphabet and pronunciation

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Sample text

Saudara laki-Iaki yang tua tinggal di Ambon. Dua saudara laki-Iaki yang tengah tinggal di kampung. Saudara laki-Iaki yang bungsu di Jawa. Kedua kakak perempuan tinggal di Ambon. Kakak perempuan yang tengah di Tual. Saya anak bungsu jadi tinggal di kampung.


My oldest brother lives in Ambon. My two middle brothers live in the village. My younger brother lives in Java. Both of my older sisters live in Ambon. My middle sister lives in Tual. I am the youngest so I live in the village.


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Information about Fordata | Numbers


Information about Fordata

Malayo-Polynesian languages

Alorese, Ambai, Ambel, Anuki, Balinese, Bambam, Banjarese, Batuley, Bengkulu, Biak, Bima, Bugis, Bushi, Chamorro, Duri, Fijian, Fordata, Gayo, Iban, Indonesian, Javanese, Kei, Kerinci, Komering, Lamaholot, Lampung, Ledo Kaili, Madurese, Makasarese, Malagasy, Malay, Mamasa, Mandar, Mandar, Mbula, Mentawai, Minangkabau, Mualang, Musi, Ngaju, Nias, Ogan, Palauan, Sasak, Selaru, Sumbawa, Sundanese, Toqabaqita, Toraja-Sa'dan, Ulumandaʼ, Urak Lawoi’, Wamesa, Yamdena

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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