Tiwa language (India)

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Native to India
Region Assam, Meghalaya
Ethnicity 371,000 approx. Tiwa (Lalung) (2011 census)[1]
Native speakers
33,921 (2011 census)[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 lax
Glottolog tiwa1253[3]

Tiwa or Lalung, is a Tibeto-Burman or Sino-Tibetan language of Assam in North East India.

Tiwa Mor (Tiwa Community Alphabet)

Language and Geographical distribution

Like most languages of the hill tribes of the northeast, hill Tiwa does not have its own script and is written in the Roman (Latin) alphabet, occasionally in English and Assamese script. Tiwa is spoken in the following districts (Ethnologue).

Learn Lalung Tiwa language

PRONOUNS and Family

I - ang

We - ching

You - na

Your - ne

He/She - pe

Father - pha/paba/phagra

Mother - Ma/wai

Brother - Kojal

Elder brother - Khai

Sister - nanaw

Elder sister - pai

Uncle - tadai( father's younger brother)

ayong( father's elder brother)

mamai ( Mother's younger brother)

Come - phoi

Came - fidom

Go - li

Went - lidom

See - ni

Eat - cha

Drink - nung

Sit - khejong

What - inda/naji

Why - indana

Where - pado

When - pakhal

Who - sar

Which - sare

Home - no

Tree - phang

Animal - marat/mareng

Human - libing, libung

come here - ijing phoi

Simple phrase

What is your name - Ne mung inda?

My name is Pangsai - ange mung Pangsai

What are you doing - inda/naji rido?

I am doing nothing - ang hegalo thaidong

How are you - Padi hw/kumun thaido na?

I am fine - ang kumun thaidong

Do you love me - na ango kumun mano na?

No, do not love you - ja, nago kumun manyang

I love you - ang nago kumun manong

Where are you going ?- pajing/padona liw naga?

I go to church - ang church nona ling

Will you come with me - na angare fiw na

Where are you from - Na pajinge phana fido

I am from Nagaon - (Ang nagaon ne phana fido)

Have you eaten your meal - mai chaga na

What curry - inda sagar ho

Thank you - Sewa pangai

Welcome - Khalemfoi

Morning - Phrung

evening - Piyal

Night - hor


0) zero - soor

1 )one- kisa

2) two - kining

3) three - tham

4) four - boi

5) five - ba

6) six - dok

7) seven - sin

8) eight - san

9) nine - suku

10) ten - shi


  1. ^ Tiwa language (India) at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ "Statement 1: Abstract of speakers' strength of languages and mother tongues - 2011". www.censusindia.gov.in. Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Tiwa". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
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