The Romany language first appeared in Northern India and is sometimes called Romanes or Romani, which is the language of the European gypsy. It took about five hundred year to reach the shores of Britain as a Romany language. Romany is a spoken language so you will often find multiple spellings of the same word (and also slight regional variations) - so my apologies to any Romany scholars who might take issue with my choices. I’m just spelling them in the way that they sounded when I used to hear them as a boy.
Here is my personal translation of The Lord’s Prayer - you will see that there are certain words that just have to be written in English as they either don’t exist in Romany or were just never part of my vocabulary.
Savo jives dret o tem oprey
Be sherrafo tiro nav
Be kaired tiro buti
Oprey o poov sar drey o tem oprey
Del mande’s to-divvus amaro divvesko morro
To fordel mande mande’s pizarripens
Sar mande fordel wafor mushes
To ma sik mande o drom te temptation
But lel mande apri fon wafodu pen
For tiro se o tem, o ruslippen ta o corami
Cana to ever-komi, so covar ajaw
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