Kayan (Malay: Bahasa Kayan, Kayan: Dahun Kayan) is the language spoken in Ulu Baram area in Marudi district, which is a part of the Miri division of Sarawak, Malaysia and Kalimantan, Indonesia. Kayan is one of the languages that belong to the Malayo-Polynesian branch of the Austronesian language family group. It is one of the minority languages in Malaysia and Indonesia. Kayan is spoken by the Kayan tribe and it is partially intelligable with Kenyah language. Together with the tribes of Kenyah, Kelabit, Sa'ban, Lun Bawang and Penan, they were grouped together as Orang Ulu tribe. Some non- Kayan may understand the Kayan language as well. Kayan is spoken by about 30,000 speakers, both in Sarawak, Malaysia and the Kalimantan region of Indonesia.
Kenun dengah. (ka-NOON-dunk-AH )
Nun dengah. (NOON-dunk-AH )
How are you?
Sayu ka ika' ya? ( ?)
Fine, thank you.
Sayu ka akui,. ()
What is your name?
Kenun aran ka du? ( ?)
My name is ______ .
______ aran kui. ( _____ .)
Nice to meet you.
Sayu kenep deng pepsuk dahim. ()
Trimak kasih/Sayu kenep men ikak/ikam lim/kelo. ()
Sayu kenep ka mn ika lahuh. ()
Excuse me. (getting attention)
Excuse me. (begging pardon)
Akei asi. ()
Akei asi kui. ()
Pepsuk la'an. ()
I can't speak name of language [well].
Nusi kui jam/haman duan dahun Kayan[lan-lan ]. ( [ ])
Do you speak English?
Jam ika duan dahun urang puti du? ( ?)
Is there someone here who speaks English?
Tek hi hi hak inih jam duan dahun urang puti du? ( ?)