Palau Languages

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The official languages of Palau are Palauan and English, except in two states (Sonsorol and Hatohobei) where the local languages, Sonsorolese and Tobian, respectively, along with Palauan, are official. [1]

Palauan - a Malayo-Polynesian language native to the Republic of Palau, where it is one of the two official languages, alongside English. It is widely used in day-to-day life in the country. [2]

Sonsorolese - a Micronesian language spoken in Palau, originally on the islands composing the state of Sonsorol, and spreading through migration elsewhere in the country. It is very close to Tobian. [3]

Tobian - a Micronesian language spoken by approximately 150 people. It is the language of Tobi, one of the Southwest Islands of Palau, and the main island of Hatohobei state. [4]

Word List(s)[edit | edit source]

Alphabet and Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

Alphabet

Pronunciation

Language Aids and Dictionaries[edit | edit source]

Language Aids

Dictionaries

  • Lewis S Josephs, Palauan-English dictionary, Honolulu : Univ. of Hawaii Press, 1990 - Available at WorldCat
  • Edwin G McManus, Lewis S Josephs & Masa-aki Emesiochel, Palauan -- English Dictionary, Honolulu : University Press of Hawaii, 1978 - Available at WorldCat
  • Lewis S. Josephs, New Palauan-English Dictionary, University of Hawaii Press, 2019 - Available at GoogleBooks

Online Dictionaries

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Palau," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palau#Languages, accessed 23 Jun 2021.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Palauan language," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palauan_language, accessed 23 Jun 2021.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Sonsorolese language," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonsorolese_language, accessed 23 Jun 2021.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Tobian language," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobian_language, accessed 23 Jun 2021.