When you are talking about where something is located, like in the sentences ‘He is in the church,’ or ‘You will be in the school’ you must add a special word in place of the English ‘to be.’ This word is ‘pād’ and it means ‘to be located.’ Thus, in order to say ‘He is in the church’ you must say ‘He is located in the church.’ The word ‘pād’ always goes after the present, past, or future tense marker.
Instead of adding ‘naaj’ (or ‘nāj’ or ‘nij’), add ‘itōn.’ This is usually used for the near future, and could be translated in English as ‘about to,’ ‘intend to,’ or ‘going to.’
Some Marshallese verbs act like adjectives. You can make sentences with these verbs (but not most other verbs) in exactly the same way as you use adjectives.
In Marshallese there is a set of pronouns that is very much like ‘I,’ ‘you,’ ‘he,’ ‘she,’ ‘it,’ ‘we,’ and ‘they’ in English. These are called the ‘subject pronouns.’ In this lesson and future ones, you will learn how to use these words to make many kinds of sentences.
A glossary of about 1500 Marshallese words, in order of usefulness. Designed so you can sit down every day and learn a few new words.
This lesson introduces some common phrases in Marshallese. They are not only useful for conversation, but also for practicing reading and pronouncing Marshallese. Practice pronouncing these phrases with a Marshallese person if you can.
An overview of the Marshallese alphabet. Marshallese has two different spelling systems. Don’t worry about pronouncing all of the sounds perfectly from day one. Letters can be pronounced differently in different contexts.
Practical Marshallese by Peter Rudiak-Gould introduces Marshallese to the beginner. It is organized into 102 lessons, with a main grammar point.