Motu

Facts

  • Language: Motu
  • Alternate names: Pure Motu, True Motu
  • Language code: meu
  • Language family: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Western Oceanic, Papuan Tip, Peripheral, Central Papuan, Sinagoro-Keapara
  • Number of speakers: 39000
  • Script:

Introduction

Motu is a language of Papua New Guinea. It is spoken in Central Province, Port Moresby area, coastal villages from Manumanu, Galley Reach, to GabaGaba.

Dialects

Eastern Motu, Western Motu.

The Motu Verb

Sample Verbs

to bitekori-a
to blowhiriria, toa
to breathelaḡa
to burnara-ia
to buyhoi-a
to chewḡaua-ia
to choosehidi-a
to climbdadadae
to comemai
to cooknadu-a
to countduahi-a
to crytai
to cut, hacktara-ia
to die, be deadmase
to digḡei-a
to dreamnihi
to drinkinu-a
to eatani-a
to fallmoru
to feargari
to flowaru
to flyroho
to growtubu
to hearkamonai
to hidehuni-a
to hitbota-ia
to holdkahu-a
to huntlabana
to killala-ia
to know, be knowledgeablediba
to laughkiri
to lie downeno
to live, be alivemauri
to open, uncoverkeho-a
to pound, beatbidi-a
to saygwau, toma
to scratchḡaḡaro-a
to seeita-ia
to sewturi
to shootpidia
to sithelai
to sleepmahuta
to sniff, smellbona-ia
to spitkanudi
to splitpola-ia
to squeezegigi-a
to stab, piercegwadaia
to standgini
to stealhenao
to sucktopo-a
to swellgudu
to swimnahu
to thinklalo-a
to throwtaho-a
to tie up, fastenmata-ia
to turnkerehai
to walkraka
to vomitmumuta
to workḡaukara
to yawnmava