The Garo language is spoken by 800,000 people in the Garo Hills in the Indian state of Meghalaya, in the districts of Kamrup, Dhubri, Goalpara and Darrang in Assam, and in Bangladesh. Garo is a Tibeto-Burman language of the Bodo-Konyak-Jingpho group and is closely related to Bodo.
Brief lists of Garo words were compiled by British officials in 1800, and Garo acquired a Latin-based spelling system during the late 19th century. This was devised by American Baptist missionaries and based on a northeastern dialect of Garo. A version of the Bengali alphabet is sometimes used to write Garo in Bangladesh.
Garo publications include some collections of stories, weekly newspapers, school books, dictionaries and religious works, including the bible. People use the language for private correspondence and some signs.
Information about the Garo scripts and pronunciation compiled or corrected by Wolfram Siegel
Achang, Arakanese, Balti, Bantawa, Bisu, Drung, Dzongkha, Garo, Hajong, Hani, Hmar, Jingpho, Karen, Kayah Li, Ladakhi, Lahu, Lepcha, Limbu, Lipo, Lisu, Manipuri, Marma, Mro, Naxi, Nepal Bhasa / Newari, Sikkimese, Sunuwar, Tangkhul Naga, Tibetan, Tshangla, Tujia, Yi
Also used to write: Bishnupriya, Bodo, Chakma, Chiru, Koda, Nisi, Deori, Dimasa, Koch, Khasi, Kudmali, Tiwa, Sauria Paharia, Miri, Chothe Naga, Thangal Naga, Moyon Naga, Maring Naga, Rabha, Rangpuri, Santali, Sadri, Oraon Sadri, Sulung, Panchpargania, Tippera, Kok Borok, Toto and Usui.
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