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May 17, 2021

New Dictionary for Suau People

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In a country of more than 7 million people with 8 hundred different languages, Papua New Guinea cannot be compared to any other country for its rich cultural diversity.

The impact of modernization brings daily change to PNG. However, it takes away our culture and changes our languages.


After 34 years, this dictionary, called ‘Ta alina Suau’, meaning “Let’s Speak Suau”, is a long time effort of the villagers and the author, Chris Abel.


The Author said language is a sense of identity, and it is in danger of become extinct.


The dictionary also included items and photos, showing the history of the Suau people of Milne Bay Province.


It was officially launched by Minister for National Planning and Member for Milne Bay open, Charles Abel.


Minister Abel, when launching it, said this dictionary will help the people to correct themselves.

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