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Kituba (Munukutuba)

Kituba is a Kikongo-based creole language spoken by about 5.4 million people. It is a a national language in Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In the Republic of Congo it is called Munukutuba or Kituba, while in the Democratic Republic of the Congo it is called Kikongo ya leta (state Kikongo). It has also been known as Kibulamatadi, Kikwango, Ikeleve and Kizabave.

Kituba is used in regional administration and primary schools, as well as on the radio and television. There is also a translation of the New Testament in Kituba.

Kituba alphabet and pronunciation

Kituba alphabet and pronunciation

Sample text in Kituba

Bantu nyonso, na mbutukulu kevwandaka na kimpwanza ya bawu, ngenda mpe baluve ya mutindu mosi. Mayela na mbanzulu je na bawu, ni yawu yina bafwana kusalasana na bumpangi.


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 Kituba pronunciation compiled by Wolfram Siegel


Information about the Kituba language

Online Kituba course

Creole languages

Aukaans/Ndjuká, Bislama, Cape Verdean Creole, Chavacano, Chinook Jargon, Fanagalo, French Guianese Creole, Guadeloupean Creole, Guinea-Bissau Creole, Haitian Creole, Jamaican, Kituba, Manado Malay, Mauritian Creole, Nagamese, Papiamento, Pijin, Réunion Creole, Sango, Saramaccan, Seychelles Creole, Sierra Leonean Creole, Sranan, Tok Pisin, Torres-Strait Creole

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet

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