Paite is a member of the Kuki-Chin-Naga branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family. It is spoken in the states of Assam, Manipur, Tripura and Mizoram in northern India. In 2011 there were about 79,500 speakers. The language is also known as Paite Chin, Haithe, Paithe, Parte, Vuite, Zomi or Zoukam.

Dialects of Paite include Bukpi, Dapzal, Dim, Dimpi, Lamzang, Lousau, Saizang, Sihzang, Telzang and Tuichiap. The most spoken dialects are Telzang and Dapzal. Paite is closely related to and mutually intelligible with other languages spoken in the same region, including Thadou, Hmar, Vaiphei, Simte, Kom and Gangte.

A way of writing Paite with the Latin alphabet was developed by Shri T Vialphung in 1903. The language is taught in primary schools, and about 75% of Paite speakers are literate in their language. There are also radio programmes in Paite.

Paite alphabet (Laimal) and pronunciation

Paite alphabet and pronunciation

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Information about the Paite alphabet provided by Wolfram Siegel

Sample text

Mi tengteng zalena piang ihi ua, zahomna leh dikna tanvou ah kibangvek ihi. Sia leh pha theihna pilna neia siam ihihziakun imihingpihte tungah unauna lungsim feltak iputngai ahi.


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Sample videos in Paite

Information about Paite | Numbers | Tower of Babel


Information about the Paite language

Kuki-Chin-Naga languages

Biete, Falam, Hakha, Karbi, Kom, Mizo, Mongsen Ao, Paite, Tedim, Zeme, Zotung, Zou

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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