Sarnámi Hindustani (Sarnaanie Hiendoestaanie)

Sarnámi Hindustani is variant of Caribbean Hindustani spoken by about 250,000 people in Suriname and the Netherlands. It is one of the most widely-spoken languages Suriname, along with Sranan Tongo and Dutch.

Caribbean Hindustani is a language that developed among people from India who migrated as indentured labourers to Surinam and parts of the Caribbean from 1870. It combines dialects from Northern India and Nepal.

Sarnámi Hindustani alphabet and pronunciation

Sarnámi Hindustani alphabet and pronunciation

C, q, v, x, y and z are only used in loanwords and foreign names. Dutch words and names are pronounced according to Dutch pronunciation.

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Details of the Sarnámi Hindustani alphabet and pronunciation provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample text

Sab djanne aadjádi aur barabar paidaa bhailèn, iddjat aur hak mê. Ohi djanne ke lage sab ke samadj-boedj aur hierdaai hai aur doesare se sab soemmat sè, djaane-maane ke chaahin.


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)

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