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Santa (Dongxiang kele)

Santa is a Mongolic language spoken by about 200,000 people mainly in Linxia Hui Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu province, and in Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Santa is also known as Dongxiang or 东乡语 in Chinese. The Dongxiang people call themselves Sarta (撒尔塔).

Santa is written with a version of the Arabic script, and an official way of writing Santa with the Latin alphabet was deveoped in 2003.

Arabic script for Santa

Arabic script for Santa

ح, ز, ص, ض, ط and ظ are only used in Arabic loanwords.

Details of the Santa Arabic alphabet provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Latin alphabet for Santa

Santa alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Santa (PDF)

Details of the Santa Latin alphabet and pronunciation compiled by Wolfram Siegel

Sample videos in Santa


Information about the Santa language

Mongolic languages

Buryat, Daur, Kalmyk, Mongolian, Monguor, Santa / Dongxiang

Other languages written with the Cyrillic alphabet


Other writing systems

If you need to type in many different languages, the Q International Keyboard can help. It enables you to type almost any language that uses the Latin, Cyrillic or Greek alphabets, and is free.

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