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Palauan is spoken at home and in casual situations, but English is more common in business and government. Sonsorolese and Tobian are more closely related to Yapese or Chuukese dialects than to Palauan.

Many Palauan words begin with 'ng', a nasal sound pronounced like the ending of the word 'bring'. The 'ch' spelling is pronounced 'uh'.

Palauan basics

Hello Alii

Goodbye Mechikung

How are you? Keuangerang?

I'm well (thanks) Ak mesisiich (sulang)

Please Adang

Thanks Sulang

Yes Choi

No Diak

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