Sangirese (Bahasa Sangihẹ̌)

Sangirese is member of the Philippine branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language family. It is spoken by about 255,00 people in North Sulawesi province in Indonesia, and in Davao del Sur province in the Philippines. In Indonesia it is spoken particularly in the Sangihe Islands Regency, and also in the Siau Tagulandang Biaro Islands Regency, and the Talaud Islands Regency.

Sangirese is also knowan and Sangihé, Sangi, Sangir or Sangih. There is a way to write it with the Latin alphabet and there is a translation of the Bible in Sangirese.

Sangirese alphabet

Sangirese alphabet

Download an alphabet chart for Sangirese (Excel)

Sample text

  1. Su tětạ-tětạ e kal᷊imonan dunia e niriadi, Hengetange seng ene. Hengetang e kai ringangu Ruata, kụHengetang e mẹ̌sul᷊ung dingangu Ruata.
  2. Dokeng su tětạei Sie ringangu Ruata.
  3. Kěbị e niriadi wọ'i Sie, ringanguwọu kěbị apang seng ene, tawẹu sarang sěmbaụ niriaditạ i Sie.
  4. Hengetang e kai simbul᷊u pẹ̌bawiahẹ̌, dingangupẹ̌bawiahẹ̌e měgẹ̌gěllịu tualagẹ̌su taumata.
  5. Tualagẹ̌esụsarang su kararěndung, dingangu kararěndung e tawemakawatạ e.

Source: Alkitab Bahasa Sanigr


  1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
  2. The same was in the beginning with God.
  3. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
  4. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
  5. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.


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Information about Sangirese

Philippine languages

Aborlan Tagbanwa, Agutaynen, Bantik, Bikol, Binukid, Blaan, Buhid, Bukid, Buol, Calmian Tagbanwa, Casiguran Dumagat Agta, Central Tagbanwa, Gorontalo, Hanuno'o, Iranun, Iraya, Isnag, Kagayanen, Kalanguya, Kapampangan, Klata, Maguindanao, Mamanwa, Manide, Maranao, Matigsalug, Molbog, Mongondow, Obo, Palawano, Ratahan, Rinconada Bikol, Sangirese, Suwawa, Tagalog, Tagabawà, Talaud, Tawbuid, Tboli, Tiruray, Tombulu, Tondano, Tonsawang, Umiray Dumaget, Western Subanon

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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