• Language: Selaru
  • Alternate names: Salaru
  • Language code: slu
  • Language family: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Southeast Maluku, Southern
  • Number of speakers: 8000
  • Script:


Selaru is a language of Indonesia. It is spoken in Southest Maluku Province, at least 6 villages. Tanimbar island group; Selaru island off southwest tip of main island Yamdena; Yamdena island itself; Nuswotar island off Yamdena west coast. Some in Saumlake, Ambon towns.


Kandar. Slight dialect differences. Not closely related to nearby languages. Lexical similarity: 56% with Seluwasan (See: Seluwasan?).

The Selaru Verb

Sample Verbs

to bitekis
to breathemeya
to burnsor, tun
to buyliu
to chewtama
to choosefil
to climbsai
to comema
to cooknoha, torak
to countaki
to cryser
to cut, hackhet, tetak
to die, be deadmati
to digkal
to dreammei
to drinkén
to eata
to falldi
to feartaut
to flownaha
to growléan
to heartomolu
to hidetina
to hitoban
to holdkumak
to huntsinaut
to killbahun
to know, be knowledgeablehe
to laughmahis
to lie downenaf
to live, be alivemorif
to open, uncoverlakat
to pound, beatdémur, hau
to saybu
to scratchkérit
to seeseak
to sewsor
to shootrama
to sleepenaf
to sniff, smelllos
to spitmof
to splitsin
to squeezeramas
to stab, piercetabak
to standdiri
to stealnamet
to suckmasu, sus
to swellbet
to swimnau
to thinkfikir
to throwjai, sau
to tie up, fastenet, rakit, wik
to turnsrik, tiri
to walkba, lakut
to vomitmut
to yawnma|f