Kirundi or Rundi is a Bantu language with about 4.5 million speakers, most of
whom live in Burundi. There are also some speakers of Kirundi in Uganda,
Tanzania, Rwanda and Congo-Kinshasa. Kirundi is closely related to more or less
mutually intelligible with Kinyarwanda.
There has been a standardised spelling system for Kirundi since the 1940s,
though Roman Catholic and Protestant missions use slightly different systems.
Kirundi is one of the official languages of Burundi, along with French,
and is the spoken mainly by Hutus, but also by Tutsis and Twa people,
in most parts of the country.
Kirundi alphabet and pronunciation
Sample text in Kirundi
Abantu bose bavuka bishira bakizana kandi bangana mu gateka no mu ngingo
zibubahiriza. Bafise ubwenge n'umutima kandi bategerezwa kwubahana nk'abavandimwe.
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)