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Mende

Mende (Mɛnde yia), also known as Boumpe, Hulo, Kossa, and Kosso, belongs to the Southwestern group of the Mande branch of the Niger-Congo language family. It is spoken by about 1.48 million people primarily in southern Sierra Leone and by some 20,000 people in neighboring Liberia (Ethnologue).  Its closest relatives are Loko, spoken in Sierra Leone, and Bandi, spoken in Liberia. The official language of Sierra Leone is English. Mende is ...Full Article

Niger-Congo Language Family

The Niger-Congo language family is one of the largest language families in the world and the largest one in Africa in terms of its geographical spread across most of ...Full Article

Yoruba

Yorùbá (èdè Yorùbá) is a member of the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo language family. It is spoken by some 28 million people, most of whom live in Nigeria. It is also ...Full Article

Xhosa

Xhosa (isiXhosa) is the southernmost member of the Bantoid group of the Niger-Congo language family in Africa. It is closely related to Zulu, Swati, and Ndebele. Although mutually intelligible, they are considered to be separate languages for political ...Full Article

Wolof

Wolof (Ouolof, Volof, Walaf, Waro-Waro, Yallof) belongs to the Atlantic group of the Niger-Congo language family. It is spoken by 5.2 million people in Senegal (Ethnologue). Wolof is also spoken in The Gambia ...Full Article

Swahili

Swahili, or Kiswahili, belongs to the larger Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo language family. The name comes from the plural of the Arabic word sawāhil ‘coast’. ‘Ki-‘ is a prefix attached to nouns of the noun class that includes languages. Swahili ...Full Article

Shona

Shona (chiShona) is a southern Bantoid language belonging to the Niger-Congo language family. It is spoken by 10.7 million people as a first language and by another 1.8 million people as a ...Full Article

Lingala

Lingala, Ngala, is a Bantu language that belongs to the Niger-Congo language family. It is spoken in the northwest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in the Republic of the Congo. ...Full Article

Rwanda

Rwanda, also called Kinyarwanda, Rwanda or Ruanda, is a Bantoid language that belongs to the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo language family. It is spoken by 6.5 million people in the Republic of Rwanda  by ...Full Article

Gikuyu

Gikuyu  (Kikuyu, Agĩkũyũ )belongs to the Bantu branch of the Niger-Congo language family. It is a growing language spoken as a first language by 6.6 million people in Kenya in an area ...Full Article
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