Rade (klei Êđê)

Rade is a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken mainly in Đắk Lắk Province in the Central Highlands region of Vietnam by about 180,000 people. There are also some speakers in Cambodia and the USA. It is a member of the Chamic branch of Malayo-Sumbawan languages, and is closely related to the Cham language of central Vietnam.

Rade is also known as De, E-De, Edeh, Raday, Rde, Rhade or Ê Dê. Dialects include Kpă, Krung, Adham, Ktul, Drao, Blô, Êpan, Mdhur and Bih.

Rade can be written with the Latin alphabet, although few Rade speakers are literate in their language. There is some written material in the language, including a translation of the Bible, and it is used on the radio.

Rade alphabet and pronunciation

Rade alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Rade (Excel)

Sample text

Hlăk mphŭn dŏng Aê Diê hrih adiê leh anăn lăn ala. Leh anăn lăn ala mâo klei bi lŭk-lăk leh anăn hŏng, leh anăn klei mmăt guôm ti dlông êlah êa êlam, lah anăn Yang Mngăt Jăt Aê Diê krăm ti dlŏng êlah êa. Aê Diê lač, Brei mâo klei mngač, leh anăn klei mngač mâo mtam.


In the beginning God created heaven and earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep water. The spirit of God was hovering over the water.

Source: http://www.language-museum.com/encyclopedia/r/rade.php

Sample videos in Rade

Information about Rade | Numbers | Tower of Babel


Information about Rade

Chamic languages

Acehnese, Cham, Chru, Haroi, Jarai, Rade

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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