Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionTabar Group, New Ireland Province
Native speakers
4,000 (2000 census)[1]
  • Simberi
  • Tatau
  • Tabar
Language codes
ISO 639-3tbf

Mandara, also known as Tabar, is an Austronesian language spoken on the Tabar Group of islands, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea. Three dialects have been identified, Simberi, Tatau and Tabar, corresponding to the three main islands in the group.[1][2] Recently,[when?] a written form of Mandara has been made by a Korean missionary. So far, about 3,000 people are literate in this form of Mandara, and a Bible has been published in it as well.


  1. ^ a b Mandara at Ethnologue (25th ed., 2022) closed access
  2. ^ Brown, Keith, ed. (2006). Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics (PDF). Elsevier. p. i. ISBN 978-0-08-044854-1.