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Fon (Fɔngbè)

Fon is a member of the Gbe branch of the Niger-Congo language company. It is spokenby about 2.2 million people (in 2015), mainly in southern Benin, and also Togo and Nigeria.

Fon is used on public and private radio and TV stations in Benin, and also in adult education and literacy programs.

Fon alphabet and pronunciation

Fon alphabet and pronunciation


Fon has two tones: high and low. The high tone can be marked with an acute accent (á), and the low tone can be marked with a grave accent (à).

Sample text in Fon

Acɛ, susu kpo sisi ɖokpo ɔ kpo wɛ gbɛtɔ bi ɖo ɖò gbɛwiwa tɔn hwenu; ye ɖo linkpɔn bɔ ayi yetɔn mɛ kpe lo bɔ ye ɖo na do alɔ yeɖee ɖi nɔvinɔvi ɖɔhun.


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 Fon | Tower of Babel in Fon


Information about the Fon language

Fongbe Primer: Functional Fon Language for our Eveyday World

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