Banggai is a member of the Celebic group of Malayo-Polynesian languages. It is spoken by about 130,000 people in the Banggai Archipelago Regency (Kabupaten Banggai Kepulauan) in the Province of Central Sulawesi in central Indonesia. The majority of Banggai speakers are adults over 30 years old. Younger Banggai people are more likely to speak Indonesian.

The language was formerly known as Aki, which means 'no' in Banggai. The name Banggai comes from the Moluccan Malay word gai (maggot, grub), or from the Bajau word bagai (outsider). There are two main dialects of Banggai: East Banggai and West Banggai, which are mutually intelligible.

Banggai is written with the Latin script, and was first documented in the mid-19th century. There is a Banggai translation of The Bible, and a Banggai-Indonesian dictionary, and Banggai songs are played on local radio stations.

Banggai alphabet and pronunciation

Banggai alphabet and pronunciation

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

  1. Maka Yesus bantile doi yanila, “Kalu komuyu sambeang, pobantile buno naiya, ‘Tama, Ikoomo ko Mian Bisa mo Meeng. Boliisi ikoo musinosubai tukon muinodotii.
  2. Beena sasamba kooloyo kokinaan kami mo palaluuwo.
  3. Ompuniyo kombai lalim-lalim, sabab kami koidan ompuniyo samba komian mo daano kona sala doi kami. Tukon inai mobatadikene nalapus komai manganggaan salataa kami sinobai.’ ”


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.


Sample videos

Information about Banggai | Tower of Babel


Information about Banggai

Celebic languages

Banggai, Balantak, Bungku, Cia-Cia, Kodeoha, Kulisusu, Mori Atas, Mori Bawah, Moronene, Muna, Tajio, Tolaki, Tukang Besi, Wolio

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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