Ghari is a member of the Southeast Solomonic branch of the Oceanic group of Austronesian languages. It is spoken in Vaturanga in the northwest of Guadalcanal Island in the Solomon Islands by about 12,000 people.

It is also known as Gari, Tangarare, Sughu or West Guadalcanal. Dialects include: Gae, Geri, Ndi (Vaturanga), Nginia, Tandai-Nggaria (Tanaghai) and Ghari. It is written with the Latin alphabet, and there is a translation of the Bible and other religious books mainly in the Vaturanga dialect of Ghari.

Ghari alphabet and pronunciation

Ghari alphabet and pronunciation

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

  1. Ma Iesu e tsarivanigira, “Kalina ti kamu tuu na nonginongi, ma kamu goko vaga iani: ‘Tamamami i gotu ke tabu na asamu; ko mai ko tamanigami sui,
  2. ko vanigami na mutsa na pipi na dani.
  3. Mo ko padalea na omea seko ami nauvanigo, vaga igami ami padalea na omea seko ara nauvanigami na tinoni tavosi mo ko laka na mololegami vania na tabotabo.’ ”


Translation (English)

  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.

Source: Bible Gateway

Sample video in Ghari

Information about Ghari | Numbers | Tower of Babel


Information about Ghari

Southeast Solomonic languages

ꞌAreꞌare, Arosi, Gela, Ghari, Kahua, Kwaio, Kwara’ae, Lau, Lengo, Longgu, Oroha, Owa, Sa'a, Santa Cruz, Talise

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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