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Welcome to the Tok Pisin - English Dictionary!

Buk bilong painin mining bilong yupela!  
Learn Tok Pisin! Your resource for learning Tok Pisin vocabulary as spoken in Papua New Guinea

Tok Pisin, or Pidgin, is one of the three national languages of Papua New Guinea. It is the most widely used language in the country, along with English and Motu.


This site is dedicated to my parents, who helped bring two sides of the world
together with their dedication, altruism, and outstanding efforts at helping people around the world one by one.

It is also dedicated to the wonderful people of PNG, the U.S. Peace Corps, current Peace
Corps volunteers, RPCVs, and all the people who make the Peace Corps a reality.

Many thanks to Aura for helping me compile the original paper-based dictionary!


Intended use of this site:

This site was built to serve as a free resource for anyone interested in learning a little bit about the wonderful country of Papua New Guinea. "The Land of the Unexpected" has many unique treasures, namely the people, and much care should be taken to preserve PNG's cultural purity.

The languages are vast, and no complete compilation exists. This site will hopefully serve as an aid for those of you who wish to learn a bit of Tok Pisin, a language that is spoken nationwide in PNG. Tok Pisin is a fun language, as you will soon see! Have fun!

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What this site is not:

  • This site is not available for any type of advertising.
  • This site is not a definitive or guaranteed reference. As languages constantly evolve, no claims can be made that our database information is 100 percent correct. We have compiled our database from different online references, books, and first-hand experience in Papua New Guinea. We welcome any suggestions, which can be submitted here.


  • Click here to view the list sorted alphabetically by English words and phrases.

  • Click here to view the list sorted alphabetically by Tok Pisin words and phrases.

PNG has over 800 Languages!

PNG is called "The Land of the Unexpected" with good reason. Most people you meet will speak three languages, and many people will speak 4, 5, 6, or 7!

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