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The Oroha Language - Solomon Islands!!



Date Submitted: 24-Sep-2006
From: George Clay
Subject: The Oroha Language - Solomon Islands!!
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Notice: Dear Sir / Madam,

I am writing this note in search of linguist or whoever may be willing to give a hand in rescuing the Oroha Language.

I am George Clay (RamorotoRamoanimae - family name), a native from Oroha.

I am one of the 2 to 300 or so that make up the population of Oroha (Oloha) village Small Malaita, Solomon Islands. Oroha language is my mother tongue, but I am quite proficient in English, since it is the official language of Solomon Islands.

I am quite highly educated by western educational standards. I was
educated in the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Hawaii, USA and Australia. I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Primary Health Care (PHC) from the University of the Nations, Kona, Hawaii. I also hold 2 Masters Degrees, one in Health Professions Education (MHPEd) from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and another in Information Technology from Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia. My health care studies and work experience have taken me to various countries in Asia, USA, Mexico and the South Pacific.

I currently live in Finland with my wife and 2 children. Trying to learn the Finnish language these past year and a half has made me realised that there is a lot that needs to be done in preserving my mother tongue. I have even started writing a dictionary about a year ago. I feel I owe it to the future generations of Oroha to help record their history and language since I am one of the few, well educated sons of Oroha.

I was looking up the Oroha language profile and it is sad to see it listed as a "Moribund" or dying language. Sad but I think it is true and I believe I can do something about it with a little help.

I would really love to hear from anyone who would be interested in helping out!!

Cheers!!

George Clay