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Duala (Duálá)

Duala, which is known as Douala in French, is a Bantu language spoken in Cameroon by about 87,700 people.

Duala first appeared in writing in 1862 in a translation of the Bible. The orthography was reformed in 1932, and again in 1979 when a common alphabet for the languages of Cameroon (Alphabet Général des Langues Cameroun-aises) was created.

Duala has three tones: a high tone which is marked by by an acute accent; a low tone which is unmarked, and a falling-rising tone which marked by a caron (ˇ). These accents are not always written.

Duala alphabet and pronunciation

Duala pronunciation


Information about the Duala language

Duala - French dictionary

Bantu languages

Bemba, Chichewa, Duala, Ewondo, Ganda/Luganda, Herero, Kikuyu, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Lingala, Loma, Lozi, Mandekan, Mende, Northern Ndebele, Northern Sotho, OshiWambo, Ronga, Shona, Soga, Southern Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Swahili, Swati, Tofa, Tshiluba, Tsonga, Tswana, Tumbuka, Umbundu, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet