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MOTU ( True Motu, Pure Motu )

Spoken by 14,000 people in Central Province, in and around Port Moresby, villages along the coast from Manumanu, Galley Reach to Kapakapa, Papua New Guinea.
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Taunabunai, ini ba g"urig"uri toma:

Tamamai e, guba ai o nohomu,
Oi ladamu baia hahelag"aia;
Emu basileia bainema,
Emu ura tanobada ai baia kara,
Guba ai e karamu na heto.
Hari dina ai amai bame henimai;
Emai dika ba gwau tao,
Ai ese e hadikamaimu taudia edia dika a gwau taomu na heto;
Hedibag"ani ai basio hakaumai vareai,
A dika amo ba hamaurimai.

Note: (") following a letter means that there is a macron over that letter

Source: "BUKA HELAG"A TARAVATU GUNANA bona TARAVATU MATAMATANA"
The Bible in the Motu Language of Papua New Guinea (1981)
Contributed by Wolfgang Kuhl - E-mail WKuhl44238@aol.com

Another version

Unai dinai inai bamona do umui guriguri:

(1)Tamamai e, guba ai o nohomu, oi ladamu baia hahelagaia.
(2) Emu basileia bainema,
(3) Emu ura tanobada ai baia kara, guba ai e karamu na heto.
(4) Hari dina ai amai bame henimai,
(5) Emai dika ba gwau tao,
(6) Ai ese e hadikamaimu taudia edia dika a gwau taomu na heto.
(7) Hedibagani ai basio hakaumai vareai, a dika amo ba hamaurimai.
(8) Badina be basileia na emu,
(9) Siahu bona namo danu baine mai hanaihanai".
Amen.

Contributed to Paul Stacklin - Pstacklin@hotmail.com
By Mr Ravini Goada of Hanuabada Village, National Capital District, by Kila Bagelo Vere (Port Moresby) and Wendy V. Vere, Rural development Bank of PNG, PO Box 686, Waigani, National capital District, by Lilian Moreare Mirisa, PO Box 1513, Boroko, NCD, Papua New Guinea

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