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Extinct: no
Family: Malayo-Polynesian
Branch: Micronesian
Continent: Australia
Country: Nauru
Region: Nauru Island, Pleasant Island, isolated atoll west of Kiribati.
Countries Where Spoken: 6,000 (1991 Bender and Rehg), 50% of the population, 7,000 including second language users (1991 UBS).
Countries Where Official: Nauru
Native Speakers: 6,000
Speakers Total: 6,000
Phrasebase members who speak Nauruan at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Nauruan at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Nauruan: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Nauruan: 0
Three Letter Code: NRU
Alternative Names: none
Summary: Almost all people are bilingual in English. Children apparently not learning Nauru. Active use. Used as a second language by the Kiribati, Tuvalu, Kosraean, Marshallese. School attendance is required from age 6 to 17. National language. Fishermen, phosphate mining. Christian. Bible 1918.

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