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Kapingamarangi (Kirinit)

Kapingamarangi is a Polynesian language spoken by about 3,000 people on Kapingamarangi atoll and in Pohnrakied villege on Pohnpei island in the Federated States of Micronesia. It is closely related to the Nukuoro language.

Kapingamarangi was first documented by Hernando de Grigalvan, a Spanish explorer, in 1557. Kapingamarangi is used in the community, in schools, in churches and in literature.

Kapingamarangi alphabet and pronunciation

Kapingamarangi alphabet and pronunciation

Notes

c, f, j, q, v, x, y, z are only used in loanwords and in foreign names.

Details of Kapingamarangi pronunciation provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample text (The Lord's Prayer)

Di madau Damana dela i di langi, do ingoo gi dabuaahia, do Heenua King gi gila mai, do manawa gii gila i henuailala, gii hai be doo hai i di langi. Gaamai madau meegai gi humalia mai gi gimaadou dangi nei. Weedee madau ihala la gi daha, gii hai be gimaadou ala e dumaalia gi nia hala o digau ala ne hai mai gi gimaadou. Hudee dugu anga gimaadou gi nia hagamada. Dahia adu gimaadou gi daha mo nia huaidu. Idimaa, ni aau go do Heenua, di mogobuna, mo di madamada, gaa hana hua beelaa. Amen.

Source: http://pacificbibles.org/kpg/MAT06.htm

Sample video in Kapingamarangi

Its Our Bible from Isles of the Sea on Vimeo.

Information about Kapingamarangi | Numbers | Tower of Babel

Links

Information about the Kapingamarangi languages
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kapingamarangi_language
http://www.ethnologue.com/18/language/kpg/

Kapingamarangi dictionary http://talkingdictionary.swarthmore.edu/kapingamarangi/

Polynesian languages

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet


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