Maore (Shimaore)

Maore is a Bantu language spoken in Mayotte in the Comorian islands by about 80,200 people. It is a dialect of the Comorian (Swahili) language and is used as the lingua franca in Mayotte.

Maore is also known as Maore and Maore Comorian, and native speakers call it Shimaore. It is used on television to some extent, and there are plans to teach it in local schools, although French will remain the main language of education.

Maore alphabet and pronunciation (Alifuɓe ya Shimaore)

This is the offical alphabet introduced by the Conseil de la Culture, de l'Education et de l'Environnement de Mayotte in February 2006. Before then Maore was written with an informal French-based orthography.

Maore alphabet and pronunciation

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Sample text in Maore

Wanadamu piya udzalwa huru tsena sawa ha ufahari na ha haki. Na wawo wana ãkili na hisi, esa ilazimu wadzivhinge na wanyao ha fikira ya unanya.


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Information about Maore | Numbers in Maore


Information about Maore

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