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Prose Selection
from Spoken Marshallese

Retio. - Radio. [SM28]

Ṃōttan men ko kien ear būktok ñan ri-Ṃajeḷ ej retio. Kiiō armej in aelōñ ko ilikin rejjab aikuj in kōttar wa bwe ren eọroñ ennaan. Ñe ewōr taibuun im jorrāān ko rōḷḷap, remaroñ in jeḷā kake jān aer roñjake retio. Bar juon men, retio eṃōj an kapidodoḷọk ñan ri-Ṃajeḷ, ej kijjien al ko aer. Ṃokta ear kanooj pen an juon al buñbuñ kōn an iiet armej eṇ ej roñ. Kiiō aolep al jān aolep aelōñ rej jañ ilo mejatoto im armej remaroñ in kālet ko rōkōṇaan, ko rōṃṃan, ak ko renana. Retio ej juon jipañ eḷap.
Among the things the government has brought to the Marshallese is radio. Now people on outer islands don’t need to await the arrival of a ship so that they can hear news. If there are typhoons or other disasters, then can know about them by listening to the radio. Another way in which radio has made life easier for Marshallese concerns their songs. Before, it was difficult for a song to be well known, because there were few people who heard it. Now all songs from all islands are heard on the air, and people can choose those they like—those that are good and those that are not. Radio is a big help.