Motu is a member of the Western Oceanic branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language family. It is spoken in Central Province of Papua New Guinea, particularly around Port Moresby, the capital. In 2008 there were about 39,000 speakers of Motu, which is also known as True Motu or Pure Motu.

A simplified variety of Motu, known as Hiri Motu, is used as a lingua franca in Papua New Guinea, and is the third most-spoken language there, after Tok Pisin and English.

Motu alphabet and pronunciation

Motu alphabet and pronunciation

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Sample text (Lord's Prayer)

Tamamai e, guba ai o nohomu, Oi ladamu baia hahelaḡaia; Emu basileia bainema, Emu ura tanobada ai baia kara, Guba ai e karamu na heto. Hari dina ai amai bame henimai; Emai dika ba gwau tao, Ai ese e hadikamaimu taudia edia dika a gwau taomu na heto; Hedibaḡani ai basio hakaumai vareai, A dika amo ba hamaurimai.

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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

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