About Me and My Language

Sound System

Bird Story

Translation 1: morphology

Translation 2: syntax

Swadesh List

Orthography [PDF]



I am Elsje Pauline Manginsela, you can call me Paula.  My husband is Rustijono, my daughter is Grasia and my son is Imanuel.  I am studying Urban and Regional Planning at University of Hawaii at Manoa.  I am interested in documenting my Manadonese language for two reasons.  First, my son Imanuel asked me about meanings of two Malay Manado words on the phone when I talked with him.  At that time I realized I have to be more active in preserving my Manadonese Language. Second, I met James who was looking for participants for then Language Document Center (LDC).  My need and LDC needs are similar.  Thank you to all the staff who work and help me in this activity especially Lisa.  I  really enjoy learning new skills, new knowledge and making new friends.

Your first name Elsje
Your last name Manginsela
E-mail: elsje@hawaii.edu; paularmanginsela@yahoo.com
Preferred name(s) of your language Manadonese or Manado Malay
Alternative names Bahasa Manado or Malayu Manado
Language classification Creole, Malay based
Geographical areas where spoken Manado, North Sulawesi
Approximate number of monolingual speakers very few (?)
Approximate number of fluent speakers 850,000 (2001).
Other languages spoken in area/country Indonesian, Minahasan, Sangerian, Bolaang Mongondow, and Gorontalonese languages
Official language(s) in your country Indonesian
Language(s) used at school as a child Javanese (Yogyakarta - Central Java), Manadonese and Indonesian
Language(s) used by teachers today Indonesian, Manadonese languages
Do the representatives of neighboring ethnic groups learn to speak your language Yes
If the answer to the above question is yes, please specify Sangerian, Bolaang Mongondow, and Gorontalonese languages
Does your language have a widely accepted writing system? Yes, we used indonesian writing system 
If you answered yes, what materials are written? local news paper 
one satu
two dua
three tiga
four ampat
five lima
six anam
seven tuju
eight lapan
nine sambilan
ten sapulu