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Bari (Karo, Kutuk)

Bari is a Nilotic language spoken by about 750,000 people in Central Equatoria state in South Sudan, in northwest Uganda and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bari is spoken by a number of different tribes, including the Bari, Pojulu, Kakwa, Nyangwara, Mundari and Kuku. Each one has their own variety of the language. Mundari is spoken in South Sudan, and Kuku is spoken in South Sudan and Uganda.

Dialects of Bari include Pöjulu, Kakwa, Nyangbara, Mandari, Kuku, Nyepu, and Ligo. Kakwa is spoken in Uganda and there are radio broadcasts in it.

Bari alphabet and pronunciation

Bari alphabet and pronunciation

Bari is a tonal language with three tones: high, low and falling. The high tone is indicated by an acute accent (á).

Download an alphabet chart for Bari (Excel)

Sample text

Ŋutu liŋ yuŋwe kana, jojo i tod’iri ko d’ekesi ko ti se tokitaki ko ‘börik ko mulökötyo lo toluŋscran. Se a d’oka ko denet na kulya na ’but ko narok.


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)


Information about the Bari language

Nilo-Saharan languages

Acholi, Alur, Aringa, Avokaya, Baka, Bari, Beli, Bongo, Dholuo, Dinka, Dongotono, Fur, Jur Modo, Kanuri, Karamojong, Keliko, Lotuko, Lokoya, Lopit, Lugbara, Maasai, Ma'di, Morokodo, Moru, Narim, Nuer, Olu'bo, Shilluk, Toposa, Wa'di, Zarma

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet

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