What are the Marshall Islands?
The Marshall Islands officially the Republic of the Marshall Islands is an island country near the equator in the Pacific Ocean slightly west of the International Dateline,
geographically the country is part of the larger island group of Micronesia the country’s population of 53,000
158 people are spread out over 29 coral atolls comprising 1156 individual islands and the islands share maritime boundaries with the Federated States of Micronesia
to west Wake Island to the north Kyra Bass to the southeast and now route to the south about 27,000 797 of the Islanders live on Majuro
which contains the capital data from the United Nations indicates an estimated population in 2016 of 53,000 66 in 2016 seventy-three point three percent of the population
were defined as being urban the UN also indicates a population density of 295 per square kilometers and its projected 2020 population is 50,3263 Micronesian
colonists reached the Marshall Islands using canoes circus 2nd millennium BC with inter-island navigation made possible using traditional stick charts they eventually
settled here islands in the archipelago were first explored by Europeans in the 1520s starting with Ferdinand Magellan
a Portuguese at the service of Spain Juan Sebastian Elcano and Miguel de Saavedra Spanish explorer Alonso de Salazar reported sighting Anatol in
August 1526 other expeditions by Spanish and English ships followed the islands derive their name from British explorer John Marshall who visited 1788
English in the Marshall Islands?
The Marshallese people, a lot of them do know English especially the youth nowadays is that they teach it in high school so most of them do know English
they just won’t show it because they’re very shy and they will get embarrassed that’s the good right word is they’ll be embarrassed speaking to a white elder in
English because they’re like they get shy and they’re afraid they’re gonna make mistakes but most people if you speak to them in English they’ll
understand for the most part if they’re the younger generation the older generation they don’t know it too well but some of them do in when I say older
generation I mean fifty sixteen above, the people forty and younger they usually know it okay especially those who work in the government they do pretty well
and with their knowledge of the English language, they have their slang terms that can translate over to kind of the same thing one is what’s up in marshals they say
and what if that means if we were to directly translate it across it means there is what but it’s just like saying what’s up yeah what about I need it’s
like what’s up today you know oh yeah boy and what did that and so that’s that’s kind of like the equal equal
let’s phrase our to say it of what’s up they’ll take English words and they’ll kind of make it into a Marshallese by just doing putting their accent on to it
let me think of an example they say bite like a fight but it actually means to punch they kind of the word is a fight but they actually yeah it means to punch
they’ll say AHA right done fight measum which means I’m gonna punch your face but it’s saying I’m gonna fight your face so that’s like it’s like
durant direct translation kind of a thing bite means to punch so they took the fight from that.
Marshall Island History?
the marshall islands were historically known by the inhabitants as Joliet jennae nij Spain claimed the island in 1592 and the European powers
recognized its sovereignty over the islands in 1874 they had been part of the Spanish East Indies formally since 1528 later Spain sold some of the
islands to the German Empire in 1885 and they became part of German New Guinea that year run by the trading companies doing business in the islands
particularly the Jesuit company in World War when the Empire of Japan occupied the Marshall Islands which is 1920 the League of Nations combined with other former German territories
to form the South Pacific Mandate during World War two the United States took control of the islands in the Gilbert and Marshall
Islands campaign in 1944 nuclear testing began in 1946 and concluded in 1958 the US government formed the Congress of Micronesia in 1965 a plan for increased
self-governance of Pacific Islands the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands in 1979 provided independence to the Marshall Islands whose Constitution and
the president was formally recognized by the u.s. full sovereignty or self-government was achieved in a compact of free association with the
United States Marshall Islands has been a United Nations member state since 1991 politically the Marshall Islands is a presidential Republic in free
association with the United States with the u.s. providing defense subsidies and access to us-based agencies such as the Federal Communications Commission and
the United States Postal Service with few natural resources the islands wealth is based on a service economy as well as some fishing and agriculture aid from
the United States represents a large percentage of the island gross domestic product the country uses the United States dollar as its currency the
majority of the citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands formed in 1982 are of Marshallese descent though there are small numbers of immigrants from the
United States, China, the Philippines, and other Pacific Islands the two official languages are Marshallese which is a member of the
malayo-polynesian languages and English almost the entire population of the islands practices some religion with three-quarters of the country either
following the United Church of Christ congregational in the Marshall Islands or the Assemblies of God.