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Rohingya (Ruáingga / رُاَࣺينڠَ) Ruáingga

Rohingya is an eastern Indo-Aryan language spoken in northern Rakhine State (Arakan) in Burma / Myanmar and in the neighbouring Chiittagong Division of Bangladesh. There are about 1.8 million speakers.

Rohingya was first written with a version of the Arabic alphabet during the 19th century. Between 1826-1948 when Arakan was administered by the British, English and Urdu were the main written languages used. In 1975 a new orthography based on the Arabic alphabet was developed, and also another based on the Urdu alphabet. In the 1980s a new script for Rohingya, known as Hanifi, was created by Molana Hanif and colleagues. It is based on the Arabic script. A method of writing Rohingya using the Latin alphabet was developed by E. M. Siddique.

Rohingya alphabets

Arabic alphabet for Rohingya

Arabic alphabet for Rohingya


Latin alphabet for Rohingya

Latin alphabet for Rohingya


Hanifi alphabet for Rohingya Ruáingga

Hanifi alphabet for Rohingya

Hear the sounds of Rohingya

Download the Rohingya alphabet charts (Excel)

Details of Rohingya alphabets provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample text

Manúic beggún azad hísafe, ar izzot arde hók ókkol ót, fúainna hísafe foida óiye. Fottí insán óttu honó forók sára elan ot aséde tamám hók ókkol arde azadi ókkol loi fáaida goróon ór hók asé. Ar, taráre dil arde demak diyé. Ótolla, taráttu ekzon loi arekzon bái hísafe maamela goróon saá.

Text provided by Sammy Silvers


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Sample video in Rohingya

Information about Rohingya | Numbers


Information about Rohingya

Rohingya Hanifi fonts

Indo-Aryan languages

Awadhi, Assamese, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Chakma, Dhivehi, Domari, Fiji Hindi, Garhwali, Gujarati, Hajong, Hindi, Kashmiri, Konkani, Kotia, Kutchi, Magahi, Maithili, Marathi, Marwari, Modi, Nepali, Odia, Palula, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Rohingya, Romani, Saraiki, Sarnámi Hindustani, Sindhi, Sinhala, Shina, Sourashtra, Sugali, Sylheti, Torwali, Urdu

Syllabic alphabets / abugidas

Other languages written with the: Arabic, and Latin alphabets

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