Tairoa is a member of the Kainantu branch of Trans-New Guinea language family. It is spoken in Kainantu and Obura districts of Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. Tairoa is also known as Tairora, and there are two main varieties: Taira proper or North Tairoa, and South Tairoa or Omwunra-Toqura. Each variety has a number of dialects. In 2003 there were about 6,000 speakers of North Tairoa and 7,000 speakers of South Tairoa.

Tairoa alphabet and pronunciation

Tairoa alphabet and pronunciation

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Sample text (The Lord's Prayer)

Tinavu Qo, are naaruvaini variaravave. Tenavu koqemake ai autu takuqi vaira tuahere vauro. Are tinavuqaa raqikina entava vaaka aniarire. Naaruvaihainaaka ai antuqa avataqi vintemake, are tinavu kahaqiraqe tenavu vataini vauraukavata ai antuqa avataqi vuare. Tenavu vate kara naainara tinavu timiane. Vokiaka tinavu qoraiqama timitaamanta vira kaara kia tenavu nai iri qoraiqama nimitaraiti, vika uva qaqira kaunantema kera, arevata tinavu uva nunka timitaane. Qora kaiqavano tinavu avataantorave tira, are tinavu antua timitairaqe tenavu kia varaare. Are tinavu kahaqi vairaro Sataaniva kia tinavu qoraiqama timitaarire.

Information provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Samples of spoken and sung Tairoa

Information about Tairoa | Tower of Babel


Information about the Tairoa languages

Trans-New Guinea languages

Amele, Awara, Barai, Blagar Dadibi, Daga, Huli, Kanasi, Meriam Mir, Tairoa, Teiwa, Wantoat

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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