Tausūg (Bahasa Sūg / بَهَسَ سُوگ)

Tausūg is spoken by about 1 million people in parts of the Philippines, in Malaysia, and in Indonesia, particularly on the Sulu Archipelago, the Zamboanga Peninsula, Southern Palawan in the Philippines, in Sabah in Malaysia, and in Kalimantan in Indonesia.

Tausūg a member of the Visayan branch of Central Philippine languages, which is part of Malayo-Polynesian language family. Tausūg is closely related to the Butuanon language of northeastern Mindanao.

The name of the language in Tausūg is Bahasa Sūg, which means language of the Sūg where Sūg is taken to mean the area in which it is spoken (ie. Sulu). The word Tausūg is the name used colloquially where Tau means 'person' and hence Tausūg means 'person of Sūg' (Sulu).

These days Tausūg is written with the Latin alphabet. From the 7th century it is written with a version of the Arabic alphabet based on the Malaysian Jawi script. Tausūg was also written with a version of the Baybayin script known as Luntar Sug from the 7th century until the 16th century.

Latin alphabet for Tausūg

Latin alphabet for Tausūg


A macron over a letter (ū) indicates a long vowel.

Arabic alphabet for Tausūg

Arabic alphabet for Tausūg

Information about Tausūg compiled by Robert Cerantonio

Sample text

Latin alphabet

Wayruun tuhan malaingkan ha Allāh, hi Muhammad in rasūl sin Allāh.

Arabic alphabet

وَيْرُٷنْ تُهَنْ مَلَئِڠْكَن هَ الله هِ مُحَمَّدْ ئِڠ رَسُولْ سِڠ الله


There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.

Sample videos in Tausūg

Information about Tausūg | Numbers | Proverbs |


Information about Tausūg

Tausūg lessons

Philippine languages

Abellen, Aborlan Tagbanwa, Aklan, Arta, Balangao, Bantik, Bantoanon, Bikol, Binukid, Bolinao, Bontoc, Botolan, Buhid, Butuanon, Calmian Tagbanwa, Caluyanon, Capiznon, Casiguran Dumagat Agta, Cebuano, Central Tagbanwa, Cuyonon, Dupaningan, Gaddang, Gorontalo, Hanuno'o, Hiligaynon, Ibaloi, Ibanag, Ifugao, Ilocano, Iraya, Isnag, Itawis, Kagayanen, Kalanguya, Kankanaey, Kapampangan, Kinaray-a, Manide, Maranao, Masbateño, Matigsalug, Palawano, Mongondow, Pangasinan, Romblomanon, Sambal, Sangirese, Tagalog, Tagabawà, Tausūg, Tboli, Tombulu, Tondano, Waray-Waray, Yogad

Other languages written with the: Arabic script | Latin alphabet

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