A language of Viet Nam

Alternate Names
Cho Rai, Cho-Rai, Chor, Chrai, Djarai, Drai, Gia Rai, Gia-Rai, Gio Rai, Gio-Rai, Jorai, Mthur, Zrai

242,000 (Bradley 2007b). Ethnic population: 411,000 (2009 census). Total users in all countries: 262,800.


Gia Lai, Kon Tum, and Binh Dinh provinces; some in Dat Lak province.

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Language Status

5 (Developing). Language of recognized ethnic group: Gia Rai.


Puan, Hodrung (Hdrung), Jhue, Aráp, Habau (Ho-Bau), To-Buan, Sesan, Chuty, Pleikly, Golar. Cambodian dialects are all very similar, all displaying some significant differences with dialects in Viet Nam.


SVO; causatives; 25 consonant and 9 vowel phonemes; non-tonal; stress on final syllable.

Language Use

Also use Vietnamese [vie].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%–30%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. Radio. Bible: 2014.

Khmer script [Khmr], used in Cambodia. Latin script [Latn], primary usage.

Other Comments

Gia Rai is an official ethnic community. Traditional religion, Christian.

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