Tumbuka (chiTumbuka)

Tumbuka is a Bantu language spoken by about 2 million in northern and central Malawi, and the Lundazi District of Zambia. The Tumbuka spoken in urban areas differs significantly from that spoken in rural areas, which is considered by some as the "real Tumbuka".

Tumbuka has no official status in either Malawi or Zambia. It is used to some extent in literature in Zambia, but in Malawi the only Tumbuka literature permitted is religous material.

Tumbuka pronunciation

Tumbuka pronunciation

Sample phrases

  • Ningenda uli kukafika ku Mutatha? = How do I get to Mutatha?
  • Munganilongola pa mapu? = Can you show me on the map?
  • Mukunitolela nkhu? = Where are you taking me to?
  • Nkhukhumba niyowoyesgane na mu manyi ma lango = I want to talk to a lawyer
  • Kasi mukuzomerezga ndalama za ma Paundi gha Buriteni= Do you accept British pounds?

Information about Tumbuka | Phrases in Tumbuka | Tower of Babel in Tumbuka

Links

Information about the Tumbuka language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tumbuka_language
http://www.panafril10n.org/wikidoc/pmwiki.php/PanAfrLoc/Tumbuka

Online Tumbuka lessons
http://www.spiritus-temporis.com/tumbuka-language/vocabulary.html
http://chitumbukalanguage.blogspot.com

Tumbuka phrases
http://wikitravel.org/en/Tumbuka_phrasebook
http://embangweni.com/chitumbu.htm

Bantu languages

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

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet