Roviana is a member of the Oceanic branch of Malayo-Polynesian languages spoken around Roviana and Vonavona lagoons in the north central New Georgia in the Solomon Islands. There are about 10,000 people who speak Roviana as a first language, and another 16,000 second language speakers. Roviana was formerly used as a lingua franca in the Western Solomon Islands, but now Solomon Islands Pijin is used instead.

Roviana alphabet and pronunciation

Roviana alphabet and pronunciation


Sample text (Lord's Prayer)

Tamamami pa mangauru, mani ta pamanae sa pozana hopena. Mamu mae koa bangara koa gami. Mami va tabei gami pa pepeso sarina mua zinama gua sapu va tabe guni ri pa mangauru si arini. Mu poni ni gami ginani koari hopeke rane. Mu taleoso ni gami koarina mami sinea, gua sapu taleoso ni gami saripu va sea mae koa gami. Mu va sare gami koarina tinoketoke ngingiradi. Mamu harupu va seu gami koe Setani. Be taleosoni gami sarina sinea pu tavete atuni rina tie koa gamu si kaqu taleosoni gamu tugo sa Tamasa pa mangauru.


Sample text provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

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Roviana dictionary

Oceanic languages

Adzera, Ajië, Apma, Are, ’Auhelawa, Buhutu, Bwaidoka, Drehu, Hiri Motu, Kakabai, Kaninuwa, Kove, Kurti, Lote, Maskelynes, Mato, Motu, Mwotlap, Nyelâyu, Paamese, Raga, Rotuman, Roviana, Sakao, Saliba, Sio, Tami, Tolai, Ubir, Vurës, Western Fijian, Yabem, Yapese

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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