Sangirese (Bahasa Sangihẹ̆)

Sangirese is member of the Philippine branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language family. It is spoken mainly on Great Sangir Island in North Sulawesi province of Indonesia, and also in Davao del Sur province in the Davao region of the Philippines. In 2010 there were about 110,000 speakers of Sangirese in Indonesia, and there are about 55,000 in the Philippines.

Sangirese is rarely written, however there is a translation of the Bible in Sangirese. It is also known as Sangihé, Sangi or Sangih.

Sangirese alphabet

Sangirese alphabet

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Sample text

  1. Su tětạ-tětạ e kal᷊imonan dunia e niriadi, Hengetange seng ene. Hengetang e kai ringangu Ruata, kụHengetang e mẹ̌sul᷊ung dingangu Ruata.
  2. Dokeng su tětạei Sie ringangu Ruata.
  3. Kěbị e niriadi wọ'i Sie, ringanguwọu kěbị apang seng ene, tawẹu sarang sěmbaụ niriaditạ i Sie.
  4. Hengetang e kai simbul᷊u pẹ̌bawiahẹ̌, dingangupẹ̌bawiahẹ̌e měgẹ̌gěllịu tualagẹ̌su taumata.
  5. Tualagẹ̌esụsarang su kararěndung, dingangu kararěndung e tawemakawatạ e.

Source: Alkitab Bahasa Sanigr


  1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
  2. The same was in the beginning with God.
  3. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
  4. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
  5. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.


Sample videos in Sangirese


Information about Sangirese

Philippine languages

Aborlan Tagbanwa, Agutaynen, Bantik, Bikol, Binukid, Blaan, Buhid, Bukid, Buol, Calmian Tagbanwa, Casiguran Dumagat Agta, Central Tagbanwa, Gorontalo, Hanuno'o, Iranun, Iraya, Isnag, Kagayanen, Kalanguya, Kapampangan, Klata, Maguindanao, Mamanwa, Manide, Maranao, Matigsalug, Molbog, Mongondow, Obo, Palawano, Ratahan, Rinconada Bikol, Sangirese, Suwawa, Tagalog, Tagabawà, Talaud, Tawbuid, Tboli, Tiruray, Tombulu, Tondano, Tonsawang, Umiray Dumaget, Western Subanon

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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