The Languages of Pentecost Island  
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a mat design, 'kalin tsiptaba' in Apma language
a plant, 'bwiaga rungu dam tememe' in Apma language
a seed pod, 'birin tsine bwaraabo' in Apma language
a fern, 'temwat' in Apma language
a pig, 'bo mankokon' in Apma language

While working as a schoolteacher on Pentecost Island in Vanuatu, I embarked on a project to document the island's many tiny languages:

Bislama (Pidgin) - Vanuatu's national language
Raga (Hano) - the language of North Pentecost
Apma - the language of Central Pentecost
Sowa - an extinct language of south-central Pentecost
Ske - a small language of south-western Pentecost
Sa - the language of South Pentecost

The Languages of Pentecost Island, a guide and phrasebook of these languages, is shortly to be published by The British Friends of Vanuatu society, a charity whose work includes supporting education on Pentecost Island. If you are interested in this book, please contact me.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Pentecost Island?

Diaries from Pentecost

Visiting Pentecost

Web site by Andrew Gray

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