Pohnpeian (Lokaiahn Pohnpei)

Pohnpeian is a Micronesian language spoken by about 32,500 people mainly in Micronesia. There are about 24,000 speakers of Pohnpeian on Pohnpei, which is part of the Caroline Islands, and part of Pohnpei State, one of the four states in the Federated States of Micronesia. There are about 3,700 speakers of Pohnpeian in other parts of Miconesia, and about 3,500 in the USA.

Pohnpeian is also known as Ponapean or Pohnpei. Native names of the language are Lokaiahn Pohnpei and Mahsen en Pohnpei: the latter is honorific.

Pohnpeian is written with the Latin alphabet using an orthography developed by German missionaries. The Bible has been translated into Pohnpeian, and there is a grammar and a dictionary of the language.

Pohnpeian alphabet and pronunciation

Pohnpeian alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Pohnpeian (Excel)

Details of the Pohnpeian alphabet provided by Wolfram Siegel (PDF)

Sample text

Tohn sampa karos ipwiwei nan saledek oh duwepenehte nan arail wasa oh arail pwung. Arail marain oh pehm ih utakerail kahrehda korusie konehng sawaspene nin duwen pirien ehu.


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 video in Pohnpeian

Information about Pohnpeian | Phrases | Numbers


Information about Pohnpeian

Pohnpeian phrases

Course in Pohnpeian

The Bible in Pohnpeian

Micronesian languages

Carolinian, Chuukese, Kiribati (Gilbertese), Kosraean, Marshallese, Mokilese, Mortlockese, Nauruan, Pááfang, Pingelapese, Pohnpeian, Puluwatese, Satawalese, Sonsorolese, Tobian, Ulithian, Woleaian

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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