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Prose Selection
from Spoken Marshallese

Inoñ in Ṃajeḷ. - Legends. [SM18]

Kōnke kajin Ṃajeḷ ear jab pād ilo peba ṃae iien eo ear itok ri-pālle, ej jab kanooj lōñ armej rej mour wōt kiiō rejeḷā inọñ ko an ri-Ṃajeḷ. Bōtab ewōr jet inọñ rej pād wōt ñan rainin im jej maroñ wōt rōñ ilo iien kiki. Buñbuñtata ilo inọñ in Ṃajeḷ ḶeEtao. Etao kar lukkuun ri-nana im maroñ ko an rōkanooj in kabwilōñlōñ. E eo ear lo kijeek, im inọñ ko rej ba bwe unin an ri-Amedka mālōtlōt, Etao ear ko jān Ṃajeḷ im bōkḷọk an mālōtlōt ñan Amedka. Jenaaj kajjioñ in lale jet inọñ ilo katak kein tok i laḷ.
Because the Marshallese language wasn’t put into writing until Westerners came, not many people living today know the legends of the Marshallese people. However, there are some legends that remain today and we can hear them at bedtime. Most famous in Marshallese legends is Etao. Etao was a real rascal and his powers were amazing. He is the one who discovered fire, and the legends say that the reason Americans are smart is that Etao left the Marshalls and took his knowledge to America. We will try to look at some legends in coming lessons.