Ngaju is a member of the West Barito branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language family. It is spoken in Central Kalimantan in Indonesia by about 890,000 people, particularly in the regencies of Gunung Mas, Kapuas, Katingan, Kota Palangkaraya, Kotawaringin Timur and Pulang Pisau.

Ngaju is also known as Biadju, Dayak Ngaju, Ngadju, Ngaja, Ngaju Dayak or Southwest Barito. There are three dialects: Pulopetak, Ba'amang and Mantangai. It is closely related to Bakumpai, which is spoken in the same area.

Ngaju is taught in primary schools and is written with the Latin alphabet.

Ngaju alphabet and pronunciation

Ngaju alphabet and pronunciation

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Sample text

Intu solake djari aton Auch te, maka uch te hindje Hatalla tuntang Auch te Hatalla. Ie te hindje Hatalla bara sola-solake. Toloh handiai djari indjadiae, maka sala bara awie djaton djari indjadian taloj idje, awang aton.


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made that was made


Sample videos in Ngaju


Information about Ngaju

Malayo-Polynesian languages

Alorese, Amarasi, Ambai, Ambel, Anuki, Balinese, Bambam, Banjarese, Batuley, Bengkulu, Bima, Bugis, Bushi, Chamorro, Dawan, Duri, Fijian, Fordata, Galoli, 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, Tetum, Tii, Toqabaqita, Toraja-Sa'dan, Ulumandaʼ, Urak Lawoi’, Wamesa, Western Rote, Yamdena

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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