Drehu is a member of the Oceanic branch of the Malayo-Polynesian
language family spoken by about 12,000 people on Lifou Island
(Île Loyauté), one of the Loyalty Islands,
which are part of New Caledonia (Nouvelle-Calédonie).
It has status as a French regional language and is taught in schools
and universities in New Calendonia and Paris.
Drehu was first written during the 1840s by missionaries from Polynesia
and England, with help from native speakers. A complete Drehu translation
of the bible was published in 1890. A revised spelling system was introduced
in the 1970s.
Drehu alphabet and pronunciation
Information about Drehu compiled by Wolfram Siegel
Sample text in Drehu
Ame la angetre Tonga hnei angatr hna tro qa Tonga. Hnei angatr
hna tro kowe la hnapet i angatr troa kuca la itra huliwa i angatr.
Caiye me Nyie me kuca la nōjei pengōn la angetra
Tonga. Thupene lai angatr a tro qa lei ngōne hnapet.
Hnei angatr hna tro ngōne itre kenu hnei angatr hna
traqa e Walepool.
Listen to a recording of this text
I'm going to tell you about the Tongans who, one day,
left the island of Tonga. On their island, they used to go
about various jobs. There was Caiye, Nyie, and others, they
live in the Tongan fashion. Because of a conflict, they had
to leave their island. They left in canoes and they arrived
Part of "Arrivée de Tongiens à Mu" (Arrivals of the Tongans in Mu)
Information about the Drehu language
Other languages written with the Latin alphabet