Nafsan is a member of the Southern Oceanic branch of Malayo-Polynesian language family. It is spoken on the island of Efate in central Vanuatu by about 6,000 people, particularly in the villages of Pango, Erakor and Eratap in the south of Efate.

Nafsan is also known as South Efate, Fate or Erakor. It is closely related to Nguna and Lelepa, which are spoken in the north of Efate Island.

Nafsan alphabet and pronunciation

Nafsan alphabet and pronunciation


Long vowels are indicated by doubling the vowels (aa).

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Information about NafsanÉfaté_du_Sud
A Grammar of South Efate. An Oceanic Language of Vanuatu

Oceanic languages

Adzera, Ahamb, Äiwoo, Aneityum, Apma, Araki, Are, ’Auhelawa, Avava, Babatana, Bariai, Bola, Big Numbas, Buhutu, Bwaidoka, Caac, Cheke Holo, Dorig, Hiri Motu, Hiw, Hoava, Kakabai, Kaninuwa, Kokota, Kove, Kurti, Lakon, Lehali, Lenakel, Lewo, Lote, Lo-Toga, Löyöp, Marovo, Maskelynes, Mato, Mavea, Mono-Alu, Motu, Mussau-Emira, Mwotlap, Nafsan, Nahavaq, Namakura, Nanggu, Nduke, Neve‘ei, Neverver, Ninde, North Efate, Nume, Paamese, Raga, Rotuman, Roviana, Sa, Sakao, Saliba, Siar, Sio, Ske, Tamambo, Tami, Teanu, Tigak, Tirax, Tolai, Touo, Ubir, Ughele, Uneapa, Vatlongos, Vitu, Vurës, Western Fijian, Yabem, Yapese

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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