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Prose Selection
from Spoken Marshallese

[The Marshall Islands in 1965] [SM7]

Eor jilñuul-emān aelōñ in Ṃajeḷ: joñoul-rualitōk aelōñ in Rālik im joñoul-jiljino aelōñ in Ratak. Rālik ej etan aelōñ ko rej ekkar iturilik ilo meto in Ṃajeḷ, im Ratak ej ñan ko rej ekkar iturear. Armej ro ilo aelōñ in Rālik kab Ratak, eoktak jidik aer ekkonono jān doon. Ṃajeḷ ej tijtūrūk eo reeaar tata ilo Trust Territory. Mājro ej ijo jeban kien eo an Ṃajeḷ im elōñ armej jān kajjojo aelōñ ko ilikin rej jokwe ie. Epjā, ilo aelōñ in Kuwajleen, ej jikin eo kein karuo an kien ilo aelōñ in Ṃajeḷ. Armej rein ioon Epjā rej jerbal ilo Kuwajleen, jikin kōkeḷọk mijeḷ an rūttariṇae in Amedka. Pikinni im Ānewetak rej ijoko Amedka ear teej baaṃ ie.
There are thirty-four islands in the Marshalls: eighteen islands in the Rālik and sixteen in the Ratak. Rālik is the name of the islands located to the west in the sea of the Marshalls, and Ratak of those to the east. [S1] The people in the Rālik and Ratak speak a little differently from each other. The Marshalls is [in 1965] the easternmost district in the Trust Territory. Majuro is the seat [lit. the head] of the Marshalls government, and many people from each of the outer islands live there. Ebeye, in Kwajalein Atoll, is [in 1965] the secondary seat of government in the Marshalls. These people on Ebeye work at Kwajalein Island, site of missle launching of the American military. Bikini and Einiwetok are where America tested bombs.