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Prose Selection
from Spoken Marshallese

[Marshall Islands Congress—as of 1965] [SM20]

Ri-pepe ro ilo aelōñ in Ṃajeḷ rej kwelọktok ñan Mājro aolep iiō im etali kien ko im bar kōṃṃan kien ekkar ñan aikuj ko im kōṇaan ko an armej ro i Ṃajeḷ. Ri-tōl ro an kọñkorej in rej likao ro raar jikuuḷ im katak kōn wāween kien. Elōñ iaan ri-pepe rein rej aḷap im irooj ro rej jañin iminene kōn kilen kōṃṃakūt ko an raan kein. Kọñkōrej in ej jab lukkuun ḷap an maroñ ijoke eḷap an jipañ ri-jikuuḷ ro im ro routaṃwe ñan kōkōṃanṃanḷọk wāween mour an ri-Ṃajeḷ.
The Marshallese legislators assemble at Majuro each year and review the laws and also pass laws to meet the needs and proclamations of the Marshallese people. The leaders of the legislature [as of 1965] are young men who have gone to school and studied the legislative process. Many of these legislators are lineage heads and chiefs who are not yet completely accustomed to the way of doing business today [as of 1965]. The legislature [as of 1965] does not have great powers, so it works to help students and the infirmed in order to improve the life of the Marshallese people.