Bwaidoka

Bwaidoka is a member of the Oceanic branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language family. It is spoken in Bolubolu district of in Milne Bay Province in Papua New Guinea, particulary in southern Goodenough island and western Fergusson island. In the year 2000 there were about 6,500 Bwaidoka speakers, about half of whom are monolingual.

Bwaidoka alphabet and pronunciation

Bwaidoka alphabet and pronunciation

Notes

c, h, j, p, q, r, x and z are also used, but only in loanwords and names.

Sample text

Labia anaiwaga faina anaifufu. Kai nuwanuwama labia anaiwaga, ananau labia anatala ginabeu. E ada, lelewakawaka anavai, anaela ogola anatalana ada lelewakawaka anaselakaina. Ginaavaina, toya anadabana.

Translation

I am going to talk about how to make sago. If we want to make sago, we will go and cut a sago tree and it will fall. Then we will get a trough, we will come and cut down a post and put the trough up on it. When that is finished, we will cut a coconut frond stainer.

Download an alphabet chart for Bwaidoka (Excel)

Details provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample video in Bwaidoka

Information about Bwaidoka | Tower of Babel

Links

Information about Bwaidoka
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bwaidoka_language
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/bwd
https://www.sil.org/resources/archives/42281

Oceanic languages

Adzera, Ajië, Apma, Are, ’Auhelawa, Buhutu, Bwaidoka, Drehu, Hiri Motu, Kakabai, Kaninuwa, Kove, Kurti, Lote, Maskelynes, Mato, Motu, Mwotlap, Nyelâyu, Paamese, Raga, Rotuman, Roviana, Sakao, Saliba, Sio, Tami, Tolai, Ubir, Vurës, Western Fijian, Yabem, Yapese

Languages written with the Latin alphabet


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