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Dholuo or Luo or is spoken around the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya, Sudan and Tanzania by about 3 million people. It is a member of the Nilo-Saharan language family. The language has no official status and is used to some extent in schools, churches and on the radio.

Since the 1960s, efforts have been made to standardise the spelling of Luo and other Bantu languages.

Luo alphabet and pronunciation

Luo alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Luo (Excel)

Information compiled by Wolfram Siegel

Sample text

Kar chakruok Wach ne nitie, kendo Wach ne nikod Nyasaye, kendo Wach ne en Nyasaye. Ne en gi Nyasaye kar chakruok. Gik moko duto nochwe kuome, kendo ka dine oonge to onge gima dine ochwe mosechwe. Ngima ne ni kuome, kendo ngimano ne en ler mar ji. Lerno rieny ei mudho, to odhiero mudho winjo.


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
John, 1-5


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Information about the Luo language

New Testament of the Bible in Dholuo

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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