Nias

Facts

  • Language: Nias
  • Alternate names: Batu, Nias Selatan
  • Language code: nia
  • Language family: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Northwest Sumatra-Barrier Islands, Nias
  • Number of speakers: 770000
  • Script:

Introduction

Nias is a language of Indonesia. It is spoken in North Sumatra Province. Nias, Batu islands off west coast. Northwest dialect: Alasa area, west in Sirombu and Mandrehe areas; Central dialect: Gomo area, south in Teluk Dalam and Batu islands.

Dialects

Central Nias, North Nias (Gunung Sitoli), Northwest Nias, South Nias, West Nias.

The Nias Verb

Sample Verbs

to biteusu
to blowmo-bura
to breathemo-hanuhanu
to burntunu
to buy[b]õli
to chewmo-ŋaŋa
to choosefili
to climbnõi
to comemõi
to cooklõma, rino
to countfaya
to crymeʔe, mo-weŋuweŋu
to cut, hackhuta, tata
to die, be deadmate
to digkoʔo
to dreamifi
to drinkinu
to eatmaŋamaŋa
to falltoru
to feartaʔu
to flowmo-hohou
to flymu-hombo
to hearroŋo
to hidebiniʔõ
to hittifa
to holdoxõ, tuyu
to huntalu
to killbunu
to know, be knowledgeableila
to laughtaw̃a
to live, be alivemo-noso
to open, uncoverboka
to planttanõ, taru
to pound, beattutu
to sayw̃aʔõ
to scratchxaʔa
to seeila
to sewafu, tagu
to shootfana
to sitdao
to sleepm-õrõ
to sniff, smellago
to spitilo
to splitsila, weha
to squeezefera
to stab, piercetuo
to standma-oso
to stealluʔa, tagõ
to sucksiõ
to swellbao, mu-lõta
to swimmo-laŋi
to thinkwai
to throwhandro, tebu
to tie up, fastenbugõ
to walkfanõ
to vomitm-uta
to workilo
to yawn