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Rotuman (Fäeag Rotuma)

Rotuman is a member of the Oceanic branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language family on the Rotuma islands in Fiji. In 2002 there were about 7,500 speakers of Rotuman, which is also known as Rotunan or Rutuma.

Rotuman was first written by French and English missionaries, who developed different spelling systems for the language. Today the system invented by the English Methodist missionary Reverend C. M. Churchward in the 1920s and 1930s is generally used. He also produced the "Rotuman Grammar and Dictionary".

Rotuman alphabet and pronunciation

Rotuman alphabet and pronunciation

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Sample text in Rotuman (Lord's Prayer)

'Otomis Ö'faat täe 'e lạgi,
'Ou asa la äf'ȧk la ma'ma',
'Ou pure'aga la leum, 'ou rere la sok,
fak ma 'e lạgi, la tape'ma 'e rän te'.
'Äe la naam se 'ạmisa, 'e terạnit 'e 'i,
ta 'etemis tela'a la tạumar,
Ma 'äe la fạu'ạkia te' ne 'otomis sara,
la fak ma ne 'ạmis tape'ma re vạhia se iris ne sar se 'ạmisag.
Ma 'äe se hoa' 'ạmis se faksara; 'äe la sại'ạkia 'ạmis 'e raksa'a.
Ko pure'aga, ma ne'ne'i, ma kolori, mou ma ke se 'äeag, se av se 'es gata'ag ne tore. 'Emen

Sample video in and about Rotuman

Information about Rotuman | Tower of Babel


Information about the Rotuman language

Online Rotuman lessons

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