Barai is a member of the Koiarian branch of the Trans-New Guinea language spoken in Oro (Northern) and Central Provinces of Papua New Guinea. Barai speakers are found mainly in Afore and Birarie districts of Oro Province, and in Rigo district of Central Province. In 2003 there were about 800 Barai speakers.

Barai has two dialects: Birarie and Muguani, and is related to Ese.

Latin alphabet for Barai

Barai alphabet and pronunciation


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Sample text (The Lord's Prayer)

Godi Asoe nuvuone kabo gufe samuamo. No ive one Akae ije aroeke. No vierafe are ro ire boeje ume igia naovo ije samuagiadufuo. Ro kuke no vierafe izege saove gufia bu kevo ijiege e ume igia kariva ije bu vame besu ijiege kenoedufuo. Ivia ire no mumaza inoedufuo ije vajuone. Ro ni izege e binobuo ise ije no giana arevo ijiege ni ise nuvuone guona arene. Ro ade no kena una vame ise ijia biesiruomo. Ro kuke ni ifejuoga no ire ise ije Setani fu kena vame nuvuone arafiruomo ijia akariakinu oenoene.


Details of Barai pronunciation and sample text provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample video in Barai

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Information about Barai

Trans-New Guinea languages

Amele, Awara, Barai, Blagar, Bunak, Dadibi, Daga, Huli, Kanasi, Ketengban, Makalero, Meriam Mir, Nobonob, Sawila, Tairoa, Teiwa, Wantoat

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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