Tombulu is a member of the Northeast Minahasan branch of the Philippine language family. It is spoken in North Sulawesi Province in the Minahasa Regency of Indonesia, particularly in the city of Tomohon and in nearby villages. According to the 2010 census, there are about 19,000 speakers of Tombulu.

Tombulu is also known as Minahasa, Minhasa, Tombalu or Tombula. The name Tombulu comes from the Tombulu word touwulu ("people of bamboo / reeds"). Dialects include Taratara, Tomohon, and it is closely related to Tondano and Tonsea.

Tombulu alphabet and pronunciation

Tombulu alphabet and pronunciation


Double vowels (aa, ee, etc) are pronounced separately [a.a].

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Sample text (The Lord's Prayer)

Ama nai im wana sorga,
Loozen nai un ngaranNu
Maye mo ung kakolanoanmu
Mamualimoma un paazmu ti kaayahaan mo ti sorga
Wehape nikai inendo kenu kanen nai takaz maawez
Wo ampunganne un sumala nai
Tanu nikai mahampung wia setou simala wia nikai
Wo tiakkan ipah wali nikai wana an pema'waa
Ta'an izoula wia nikai witu kalewo'a
Pahpaan niko uman simaka kakolanoan,
Wo ung kawasa,
wo ung kawangunan takaz kauze-uze na, Ulit


Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power,
the glory forever, Amen.

Source: Wikipedia

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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

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