Tarao Naga
"Tarao" written in Meitei script
Native toIndia
EthnicityTarao people
Native speakers
870 (2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3tro
ELPTarao Naga

Tarao, Taraotrong or Tarau is an unclassified Tibeto-Burman (possibly Southern Naga) language of India. It is marginally (70%) intelligible with Chothe.[3][verification needed] The speakers of this language use Meitei language as their second language (L2) according to the Ethnologue.[3]


According to the Ethnologue, Tarao is spoken in Heikakpokpi, Leishokching, and Khuringmul Laiminei villages in the Palel area of Chandel district, Manipur, as well as in Sinakeithei village of Ukhrul district, Manipur.

Singh (2011:109)[4] lists the Tarao villages as Tarao Khullen (Tarao Laimanai), Leishok Ching, Khuringmul, and Heikamul in Chandel District, Manipur. There are also about 8 families in Shajkeithel, Ukhrul District. The 2001 census reported a population of 870 Tarao people.[5]


  1. ^ Tarao at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ DeLancey, Scott; Krishna Boro; Linda Konnerth1; Amos Teo. 2015. Tibeto-Burman Languages of the Indo-Myanmar borderland. 31st South Asian Languages Analysis Roundtable, 14 May 2015
  3. ^ a b "Meitei | Ethnologue". Ethnologue. Retrieved 2023-05-03.
  4. ^ Singh, Ch. Yashawanta. 2011. "Linguistic Ecology of Tarao." In Singh, Shailendra Kumar (ed). Linguistic Ecology of Manipur. Guwahati: EBH Publishers.
  5. ^ "Did you know Tarao Naga is endangered?". Endangered Languages. Retrieved 2023-05-12.