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Marshallese is spoken in the Marshall Islands, which lie north of the equator and just to the west of the International Date Line. It is one of the Micronesian languages, which form a branch of the Malayo-Polynesian family. The alphabet includes an ampersand (&), which represents a vowel sound somewhere between e and i.


There are about 20,000 speakers.

Marshallese is spoken/used in Marshall Islands

Language Family
Family: Malayo-Polynesian (Austronesian)
Branch: Micronesian

Copyright © Kenneth Katzner, The Languages of the World, Published by Routledge.

Writing Sample

Writing Sample


The Marshalls District is the eastemmost of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. Majuro is the capital, and many people from the outer islands live there. Ebeye on Kwajalein Atoll is the subcapital of the Marshalls. The people on Ebeye work at Kwajalein, the missile testing range of the American military. Bikini and Eniwetok are the atolls where America tested bombs.

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