Gilbertese or Kiribati is an Austronesian language, part of the Oceanian branch and of the Nuclear Micronesian subbranch. It is mainly spoken in the The Republic of Kiribati, which was formerly called the Gilbert Islands. Their languge took the name Gilbertese. The islands were named after Captain Thomas Gilbert, who "discovered" the main island of the group in 1788. Kiribati [kiribas] is the local version of Gilbert.

Map of Gilbertese language speakers.
Map of Gilbertese language speakers.

Basic stats

Total speakers: around 100,000

Main Countries: Kiribati, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu

Alternate names: I-Kiribati, Ikiribati, Kiribati

ISO 639-3 Code: gil

Language Sample

Product Availability

The following products are currently available in Gilbertese:

  • For Consumers

(Coming soon)


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