Zotung (Zo)

Zotung is a member of the Kuki-Chin branch of the Tibeto-Burman language family. It is spoken by about 100,00 people, mainly in Chin State in western Myanmar (Burma), particularly in the townships of Hakha (ဟားခါး), Thantlang (ထန်တလန်), Mindat (မင်းတပ်) and Matupi (မတူပီ). It is also spoken in several villages in the Magway Region in central Myanmar.

Zotung is also known as Zotung Chin, Zobya or Zo. There are numerous dialects. A way to write Zotung with the Latin alphabet was devised by Sir Siabawi Khuamin. It is based on the Lungngo dialect, and is widely accepted among Zotung speakers. A Zotung translation of the Bible was published in 2016.

Zotung alphabet and pronunciation

Zotung alphabet and pronunciation

Download a Zotung alphabet chart (Excel)

Sample text (The Lord's Prayer - Luke 11: 2-4)

  1. Jesu nynh minmin kha, “Saw na sang vae oh ze: ‘Apang, na min sawtuanaw um sah. Na peenaw thua ccavae sah.
  2. Nin takyh kae aepaw looh kha nin takyhte oun pya.
  3. Kae tungvaw a sei hae paw miakaw kha kae ngaethya hae keiccu kae seinaw kha oun la ngaethyabua. Tuhounaw lungkhu lang oun cciakhae nan, a cipya hae.

Source: https://www.bible.com/sl/bible/1959/LUK.11.ZB16

Translation (English)

  1. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
  2. Give us day by day our daily bread.
  3. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

Source: https://www.bible.com/bible/1/LUK.11.KJV

Sample video in Zotung

Information about Zotung | Tower of Bable

Links

Information about Zotung
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zotung_language
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/czt/

Kuki–Chin–Naga languages

Biete, Falam, Hakha, Karbi, Kom, Mizo, Mongsen Ao, Paite, Tedim, Zotung, Zou

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

Page created: 20.11.23. Last modified: 21.11.23

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