Kéo (sara kita / sara ndai)

Kéo is a member of the Sumba-Flores branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language family. It is spoken by about 40,000 people on the island of Flores in the Ngada Regency of Nusa Tenggara Timur Province in eastern Indonesia.

Kéo is also known as Nagé-Kéo, Nage-Keo, Bahasa Ke'o or Bahasa Bajawa. Native speakers call it sara kita ("our language") or sara ndai ("the language here"), and themselves 'ata Kéo (Kéo people). Nage is the name of an ethnic group who live near the Kéo people. Their language is either closely related to Kéo, or a variety of the same language.

Kéo alphabet and pronunciation

Kéo alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Kéo (Excel)


The letter h appears only in loanwords and proper names.

Sample text

Méo né'é wawi 'imu rua mindawoé pawé. Nambu ha ndeka méo punu né'é wawi: "Rembu kita ta muri ndia wawo tana ta so'o mbani tungga manusia."


The cat and the pig, those two were good friends. At one time the cat spoke with the pig: "Of all of us who live here upon the earth, those that are the most fierce are only humans."

Sample text provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample video in Kéo


Information about Kéo

Sumba-Flores languages

Dhao, Ende, Hawu, Kambera, Kéo, Lio, Manggarainese, Ngadha, Palu’e

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

Page created: 07.10.22. Last modified: 26.09.23


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