Mackay Woman Shares Language through Literature

The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia), December 18, 2015 | Go to article overview

Mackay Woman Shares Language through Literature


Lucy Smith

lucy.smith@dailymercury.com.au

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Solomon Islands Pijin:

Hello: halo

How are you?: iu oraet?

I'm well: mi oraet nomoa

Thank you very much: tagio tumas

Goodbye: lukim iu

Good morning: mone

Malaita language:

Good morning: ubongi di-ana (deeanna)

Good night: rodo di-ana

How are you?: di-ana gwamu

I'm well: di-ana gwagu

Thank you: di-ana naie

Goodbye: lair lau

WHEN social worker Jessica Sanga searched for books in Solomon Islands languages to give her two-year-old nephew, she couldn't find anything.

Mackay-born Miss Sanga, whose father is from the Malaita province in the Solomon Islands, decided to fill the gap in literature herself.

She's just been given a $7000 Regional Arts Development Fund grant to write a children's book with two translations -- one in Malaita language and English and the other in South Sea Islander Pijin and English.

The book will be written for three to six-year-olds.

Miss Sanga hopes it will put younger South Sea Islanders in touch with their heritage. …

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