Chin, Mro-Khimi


A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Awa Khami, Khimi, Khumi Awa, Mro, Mro Chin, Vakung, Wakun, Wakung

75,000 (2012 SIL).


Rakhine State, centered in Kyauktaw township; Buthidaung, Ponnagyun, Pauktaw, Mrauk U, and Maungdaw townships; Chin State, Paletwa township.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).


Arang (Ahraing Khami, Areung, Aroeng), Vakung (Wakung), Xata, Xengna (Hrengna). Generally high comprehension of Vakung dialect among other dialect speakers. Vakung is the largest dialect and basis of literature. Lexical similarity: 91%–98% with Mro-Khimi, the Vakung, Xengna, and Aroeng varieties, 86%-90% with Likhy variety of Eastern Khumi [cek], 81%–85% with Lemi variety of Eastern Khumi [cek], 77%–81% with Kaladan Khumi [cnk].


SOV; negation is marked after the verb

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Rakhine [rki].

Language Development
Some literacy classes. Bible portions: 2007–2010.
Latin script.
Other Comments

Included in official ethnic group list as Awa Khami, Wakun, and Kwe Myi. Buddhist, traditional religion, Christian.