Paiwan (Pinayuanan)

Paiwan is a member of the Formosan group of Austronesian languages. It is spoken mainly in Pingtung (屏東縣) and Taitung (臺東縣) counties, and Kaoshiung City (高雄市) in the south of Taiwan. In 2002 there were about 66,000 speakers of Paiwan, which is officially recognised as one of national languages of Taiwan.

There are many dialects of Paiwan which are divided into four groups: Eastern, Northern, Central and Southern.

Paiwan alphabet and pronunciation

Paiwan alphabet and pronunciation

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Sample text

Tjuruvu a ku salasaladj, izua uqaljay, izua vavayan. ljemita ta qadaw amen a maciuciur a kitulu, a kivangavang uta. Bulay aravac a nia sinsi, kisaseljang tjanuamen a penayuanan, a semenay uta, tjengelay aravac amen ta nia sinsi.


I have many friends, boys and girls. We study together and play together every day. Our teacher is very good. She often speaks with us and speaks together. We all like her very much.

Source: 原住民族語言學習補充教材 - 東排灣語, Council of Indigenous Peoples

Information provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample videos in Paiwan

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Information about the Paiwan language排灣語

Formosan languages

Amis, Atayal, Bunun, Kanakanavu, Kavalan, Paiwan, Pazeh, Puyuma, Rukai, Saaroa, Saisiyat, Sakizaya, Seediq, Tsou

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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