Wancho is a member of the Konyak branch of the Brahmaputran language family. It is spoken mainly in the southwest of Tirap district in Arunachal Pradesh state in the northeast of India, and also in the states of Assam and Nagaland. In 2011 there were about 59,200 speakers of Wancho, which is also known as Wancho Naga, Banpara Naga, Joboka, Jokoba or Naga Wancho.
Wancho is usually written with the Devanagari or Latin alphabets. A new alphabet, known as the Wancho script, is also used to some extent and taught in some schools.
खुञेक नुसा किम जाउ काउ ताम होन चा जे कान ताइः मोङ थुङ फा पुः चा नुपु, चा चा लाम गोइ का चाइ चा नाउ ला ताइः अ पाजि.
Khunyek nusaa kim jaau kau tam hon ca je kan taiʔ mong thung pha puʔ ca nupu, ca caa lam goi ka cai ca naau la taiʔ aa paji.
Translation by Banwang Losu
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
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