Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 1)

Language family: Niger-Congo

With some 1,400 members, the Niger-Congo language family is the largest in the world. They are spoken in most of sub-Saharan Africa by around 600 million people.

Atlantic-Congo | Bantu | Gbe | Gur | Kwa | Mande | languages


Atlantic-Congo languages

Bamum (Shü Pamom)

Pe nâ mvé gú puen nyütu pô te mbe kú ghét ngam pua ngúenengúe mbe te wûme nsebe pua pa mféékêt. Pen â ntúm te mbe kú rem ngam pua fabshe ngam, a nshi njîr’ap ne yi nshâne ngétne nga shap pô te wupme pontâ.

Bariba (baatɔnum)

Ba tɔmbu kpuro marawa ba tii mɔ, ba nɛ, girima ka saria sɔɔ. Ba ra bwisiku, ba dasabu mɔ, ma n weene ba n waasinɛ mɛrobisiru sɔɔ.

Edo (Ẹ̀dó)

Emwan ne agbon hia ne a biere, a bie iran noyan-egbe iran kevbe wee, umwon-mwen o ree etin hia ne o kheke iran khin. A ye ewaen kevbe ekhoe ne o maa wu iran, ne iran gha yin da egbe vbe orhion oghe eten-okpa.

Fula

Innama aadeeji fof poti, ndimɗidi e jibinannde to bannge hakkeeji. Eɓe ngoodi miijo e hakkilantaagal ete eɓe poti huufo ndirde e nder ɓ iynguyummaagu.

Fulfulde

Ɓi-aadama fuu dimo danyete/jibinte o fotan be koomoye e neɗɗaaku be hakkeeji. ɓe ndokkaaɓe hakkiilo ngaandi nden bo ɓe kuutindiray hakkunde maɓɓe nder yiɗyiɗɗirki mbandiraagu.

Ibibio

Kpukpuru owo emana nte amanison, enyun enyene ukem ukem uku ye unen. Eyoho mmo ye ukeme ndikere nkpo, ndinyun nyene esit, ke ntre, mmo enyene ndiman nkpo mbana kiet eken ke esit ndito eka.

Igbo

A mụrụ mmadụ nile n'ohere nakwa nha anya ugwu na ikike. E nyere ha uche na mmụọ ime ihe ziri ezi nke na ha kwesiri ịkpaso ibe ha agwa n'obi nwanne na nwanne.

Jola-Fonyi (kujóolay)

Bukanak búrom nan kuwolimi kurere kererer di waafaw búrom. Kubabaj poop búyejet di karampenoor.

Kissi

wanda tu cio ME pilOO o wolOO ni, le waa o ba ndOO cio, o bEElen kenando ni, o tOngdo ni, bEtu nOn yiyando a kullo, o kon ni naan tu dua mim maalyan kalapilOyEyi ni.

Kulango (Nkuraeng)

Igooyoo pɛɛ hʋn taa. Bɔ pɛɛ jabaga bɔrɔ. Hɔ ya gʋʋn’n bɔɔ hɛ pɛɛ, hɔ hɛ gusɛgɛ’n.

Limba (Hulimba)

Biya-mɛti fooma be kiyo ka kuyankaŋ iŋ kasɛmbɛ mɛnɛ in ka yiki. Bindɛ kiŋ ba niyɔ in masimɔkɔ, maka yiina wo ka hu wɛndi yande.

Serer (Seereer)

Wiin we naa ñoowaa na adna, den fop mbodu no ke war na oxnu refna na den a jega o ngalaat umpi yiif um, le mbarin o meƭtootaa baa mbaag o ñoow den fop no fog.

Temne (KʌThemnɛ)

A kom aŋfəm akəpet bɛ ŋa athənånɛ yi råwankom. Ɔwa aŋ ba məmari məthənånɛ. Ɔwa aŋ ba məfith yi təchemp. Chiyaŋ, aŋ yi təkə gbasi aŋkos ŋaŋ mɔ kəpa ŋa təkom.

Wolof (Wollof)

Doomi aadama yépp dañuy juddu, yam ci tawfeex ci sag ak sañ-sañ. Nekk na it ku xam dëgg te ànd na ak xelam, te war naa jëflante ak nawleem, te teg ko ci wàllu mbokk.

Hear a recording of this text by Wally Seye

Yorùbá

Gbogbo ènìyàn ni a bí ní òmìnira; iyì àti ẹ̀tọ́ kọ̀ọ̀kan sì dọ́gba. Wọ́n ní ẹ̀bùn ti làákàyè àti ti ẹ̀rí-ọkàn, ó sì yẹ kí wọn ó máa hùwà sí ara wọn gẹ́gẹ́ bí ọmọ ìyá.

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Gbe languages

Aja (Adja)

Agbetɔwo pleŋu vanɔ gbɛmɛ ko vovoɖeka gbeswɛgbeswɛ, sɔto amɛnyinyi ko acɛwo gomɛ; wo xɔnɔ susunywin ko jimɛnywi so esexwe. Wo ɖo a wɛ nɔvi ɖaɖa wowo nɔnɔwo gbɔ.

Ewe (Ɛʋɛ)

Wodzi amegbetɔwo katã ablɔɖeviwoe eye wodzena bubu kple gomekpɔkpɔ sɔsɔe. Susu kple dzitsinya le wo dometɔ ɖesiaɖe si eyata wodze be woanɔ anyi le ɖekawɔwɔ blibo me.

Fon (Fon gbè)

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.

Gen (Mina)

Agbetɔwo kpata le jijimɛa, ɖo vosinɔnɔ, nyi gbèsɔɛ́mɛ́wó le nujɔnunnyi ku goɖoejisewo, amɛbusewo mɛ. Tagbɔ le woa si, eye wɔnawo sɔdoda woanɔnɔwo gbɔa la nyi nɔ́visilélé.

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Gur languages

Dagaare

Nengsaala zaa ba nang dɔge so la o menga, ka o ne o taaba zaa sengtaa noba emmo ane yɛlɛsoobo sobic poɔ. Ba dɔgɛɛ ba zaa ne yɛng ane yɛlɛ-iruu k'a da seng ka ba erɛ yɛlɛ korɔ taa a nga yɔɔmine.

Dagbani (Dagomba)

Sal' la sala. Bɛhig' be sokam sanimi, din pa la amii. Suhizɔbo be sokam sani; ka nambɔxu beni. Suhubɔhibo mi bi lan kɔŋ yigunaadam kam sani. Dinzuxu dimbɔŋɔ zaa wuhiya ka dama di tu kamaata ka ti zaa yu tab' hali ni ti puuni.

Tammari (Ditammari)

Oniti ti pɛi nɖɛ omɔũ yi kpaatri otɔu, kɛ yɛ̃ oniti ba we, o yi ɖo nnɛ fɛhɔ̃fɛ; o mɔkɛmu mɛcii kɛhã mɛyɛmmɛ. Ti tú nɛ ɖo kenyari ti tɔbɛ mbɛ kɛ yie mii ba nkwuɔ ko otɔu ɖau.

Kabiye (Kabɩyɛ / Kabɩyɛ Tɔm)

Palʊlʊʊ ɛyaaa nɛ pa-tɩ yɔɔ wɛʊ kpaagbaa nɛ pɛwɛɛ kɩmaŋ wala ɛsɩndaa. Palʊlʊʊ-wɛ nɛ pɔ-lɔŋ nɛ pa-aɣzɩm; mbʊ yekina nɛ pɔsɔɔlɩ ɖama se pɛkɛ ɛyaa pa-tɩŋgɛ.

Kasem (Kasena)

Ba loge nɔɔna maama se ba taa ye bedwe mo ba ŋwea de ba chega seini, ye fefeo teira kɔtaa. Wɛ pɛ ba swa de boboŋa mo se ba taa ye nubiu daane ye ba jege da ŋwaŋa.

Mossi (Mòoré)

Ninsaalbã fãa sã n doge, ned fãa so a menga, ned pa rogd n yaa yamb ye, nebã fãa zema taab b yel-segdɩ la b burkĩndlem wɛɛngẽ. Nebã fãa tara yam la tagsgo, ned fãa togame n vɩɩnd ne a to saam-biir pʊgẽ.

Tem

Bánlʊrʊ́ʊ ɩrʊ́ báa weení na kezéńbíídi gɛ bɩka bɛdɛ́ɛ ɖɔɔzɩ́tɩ na yíkowá kɛgɛ́ɛ ɖéyí-ɖéyí gɛ. Bɔwɛná laakárɩ na ɩrʊ́tɩ bɩka bɩɩbɔ́ɔ́zɩ bɔcɔɔná ɖamá koobíre cɔwʊrɛ.

Waama

Yiriba na bà sikindo dare bà mɛɛri, da seena yirimma mii bà ta da i nɛki bà tɔɔba.


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Kwa languages

Akuapim Twi

Wɔɑwo ɑdesɑmmɑ nyinɑɑ sɛ nnipɑ ɑ wɔwɔ ɑhofɑdi. Wɔn nyinɑɑ wɔ nidi ne kyɛfɑ koro. Wɔwɔ ɑdwene ne ɑhonim, nɑ ɛsɛ sɛ wobu wɔn ho wɔn ho sɛ ɑnuɑnom.

A recording of this text by Stephen Yaw Awiba of LearnAkan.com

Asante

Nnipa nyinaa yɛ pɛ. Na wɔde adwene ne nyansa na abɔ obiara. Ɛno nti, ɛsɛ sɛ obiara dɔ ne yɔnko, bu ne yɔnko, di ne yɔnko ni.

Baoulé

Sran mun be ngba, kε be wu be ɔ, be ngba be sε, fɔndi nun, sran-mmala nun. Be si akundanbu, be si su ɔ fata kε sran mun be tran'n, be tran aniaan nun tranlε.

Fante

Wɔwo ɑdɑsɑ nyinɑ to fɑhodzi mu, nɑ hɔn nyinɑ yɛ pɛr wɔ enyimnyɑm nɑ ndzinoɑ mu. Wɔmɑɑ hɔn nyinɑ ɑdwen nɑ tsibowɑ, nɑ ɔwɔ dɛ hɔn nkitɑhodzi mu ndzeyɛɛ dɑ no edzi dɛ wɔyɛ enuɑnom.

Ga (Gã)

Afɔ gbɔmɔ fɛɛ gbɔmɔ yɛ agbojee mli, kɛ hegbɛ ko ni damɔ ŋɛlɛ koome nɔ. Gbɔmɛi fɛɛ yɛ jwɛŋmɔ kɛ henilee, ni no hewɔ lɛ esa akɛ amɛhe ahi shi yɛ nyɛmi suɔmɔ mli.

Gonja (Ngbanyito)

Bu kurwe dimedi kikɛ mobe kumu so, nɛ mobe, eyilikpa, kesheŋ nɛ kashinteŋ maŋ kɔr eko peyɛ to. Nyinpela sa dimedi kikɛ lakal nɛ mfɛra fanɛ bu chena abarso kelepo so.

Nzema

Menli muala di bɛ ti anwo na eza noko bɛsɛ wɔ dibilɛ nee adenlenyianlɛ nu. Bɛlɛ ndwenlenwo nee adwenle, yemɔti ɔwɔ kɛ bɛkile adiemayɛlɛ bɛmaa bɛ nwo ngoko.

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Mande languages

Bambara (Bamanankan)

Hadamaden bɛɛ danmakɛɲɛnen bɛ bange, danbe ni josira la. Hakili ni taasi b'u bɛɛ la, wa u ka kan ka badenɲasira de waleya u ni ɲɔgɔn cɛ.

Kpelle (Kpelewo)

Nukan gele kaa pələ kaa tanɔn, yiliɓa nu kəle maawiyə pələ da tɔɔi gaa ɲei yɛnɛyii hu kɛpələ kaalɔ tanɔn; di kɛmɛni a nukan ŋaa ɓə gɛɛ hwəkɛli wɛlikɛmaa ə lɔ di luwai,

Maninka (Maninkakan)

Adamadennu bɛɛ sɔdɔnɲa kakan, hɔrɔya dɔ, fabadenɲa dɔ ani sariya ta fan dɔ. Hankili ni sɔnɔmɛ ye alu bɛɛ ma, a kakan wo dɔ alu ye bakelenɲa sila lataaman alu ɲɔɔn tɛ.

Mende (Mɛnde yia)

Numuvuisia Kpɛlɛɛ ta ti le tɛ yɛ nduwɔ ya hu, tao ti nuvuu yei kɛɛ ti lɔnyi maa hɛwungɔ. Kiiya kɛɛ hindaluahu gɔɔla a yɛlɔ ti hun. Fale mahoungɔ ti ti nyɔnyɔhu hoi kia ndeegaa.

Soninke (Sooninkanxanne)

Haadama renme su saareyen ŋa an na du-kitten ña, an nta sere komaaxu, an do soron su yan yekka dorontaaxu do taqu. Haqilen, wa sere su, a do soro kuttu nan siri terene doome kappalengaaxu kanma.

Susu (Sosoxi)

Adamadie birin barixinɛ e lan yɛtɛralui kui, yɛtɛ kolonyi nun yɛtɛ suxu kima. Fondoe nun faxamui na e bɛ boresuxu kima bariboreya fanyi kui.

Vai (ꕙꔤ)

ꕉꕜꕮ ꔔꘋ ꖸ ꔰ ꗋꘋ ꕮꕨ ꔔꘋ ꖸ ꕎ ꕉꖸꕊ ꕴꖃ ꕃꔤꘂ ꗱ, ꕉꖷ ꗪꗡ ꔻꔤ ꗏꗒꗡ ꕎ ꗪ ꕉꖸꕊ ꖏꕎ. ꕉꕡ ꖏ ꗳꕮꕊ ꗏ ꕪ ꗓ ꕉꖷ ꕉꖸ ꕘꕞ ꗪ. ꖏꖷ ꕉꖸꔧ ꖏ ꖸ ꕚꕌꘂ ꗷꔤ ꕞ ꘃꖷ ꘉꔧ ꗠꖻ ꕞ ꖴꘋ ꔳꕩ ꕉꖸ ꗳ.

Transliteration

Adhama deng nu gbi tong manja deng nu wa anuan wooloo kiiye fe, amu bee sii londoe wa be anuan koowa. anda koo temaan lo ka so amu anu fala be. Koomu anuhin koo nu tahaye lei la kemu nehin nyoon la kung tiya anu te.


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