Mbula

Mbula is a member of the North New Guinean branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language family. It is spoken on Umboi and Sakar Islands in Morobe Province of Papua New Guinea by about 2,500 people. It is also known as Mangap-Mbula, Mangaaba, Mangaawa, Mangaava or Kaimanga.

Mbula alphabet and pronunciation

Mbula alphabet and pronunciation

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

  1. Yesu nea wia ama, “Ɓǝ̀ wu nǝ̀ pak hiwi ka, wu na ama: “ ‘We Tar sǝm mǝnana a kuli ka, lullǝo ka ɓǝa gusǝlǝi, Domurǝm mo ɓǝ̀ yiu.
  2. Pà sǝm girlina mala yalung andǝ mala koya pwari ka.
  3. Twala sǝm ban acauɓikea ma'sǝm, kǝla mana sǝm gbal ka sǝm nggǝ twali aɓwana mǝnana à kǝ pakka sǝm cauɓikea, banì ka. Kǝa ká nǝ sǝm aɓa karǝkiban ɗang.’ ”

Source: https://www.bible.com/bible/1835/LUK.11.MBU

Translation

  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.

Source: https://www.bible.com/bible/1/LUK.11.KJV

Some details complied by Michael Peter Füstumum

Information about Mbula | Tower of Babel

Links

Information about the Mbula language
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mbula_language
http://www.ethnologue.com/language/mna

Malayo-Polynesian languages

Alorese, Amarasi, Ambai, Ambel, Anuki, Balinese, Bambam, Banjarese, Batuley, Bengkulu, Bima, Bugis, Bushi, Chamorro, Dawan, Duri, Fijian, Fordata, Galoli, Gayo, Iban, Indonesian, Javanese, Kei, Kerinci, Komering, Lamaholot, Lampung, Ledo Kaili, Madurese, Makasarese, Malagasy, Malay, Mamasa, Mandar, Mandar, Mbula, Mentawai, Minangkabau, Mualang, Musi, Ngaju, Nias, Ogan, Palauan, Sasak, Selaru, Sumbawa, Sundanese, Tetum, Tii, Toqabaqita, Toraja-Sa'dan, Ulumandaʼ, Urak Lawoi’, Wamesa, Western Rote, Yamdena

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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