Ninde is a member of the Southern Oceanic branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language family. It is spoken in the Southwest Bay area in the southwest of Malekula Island in Malampa Province in central Vanuatu. The villages where Ninde is spoken have a total population of about 1,000, however it is thought that the number of Ninde speakers is less than that. Other languages are spoken in these villages, and not all young people speak Ninde.

Ninde is also known as Labo, Nide, Meaun or Mewun. The people who speak it usually call it Ninde, and they call themselves Mewun. It is not normally written, however an orthography has been proposed by linguists and is being reviewed by the speaker community.

Ninde alphabet and pronunciation

Ninde alphabet and pronunciation

Download an Ninde alphabet chart (Excel)

Sample of spoken Ninde


Information about the Ninde languages

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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