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Bemba (Chibemba)

Bemba is a Bantu language spoken by about 3.6 million people in parts of Zambia, particularly the Northern, Luapula, Copperbelt and Northwestern Central provinces, and also in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania.

Bemba is a national (official) language in Zambia and is used as a lingua franca in many areas, particularly cities and in Copperbelt Province. It is also used on the radio.

The spelling of Bemba was standardised between 1972 and 1977 by the Zambian Ministry of Education. The language is also known as Cibemba, Ichibemba, Icibemba and Chiwemba.

Bemba alphabet and pronunciation

Bemba  alphabet and pronunciation

Notes

Download an alphabet chart for Bemba (Excel)

Sample text

Abantu bonse bafyalwa abalubuka nokulingana mu mucinshi nensambu. Balikwata amano nokutontonkanya, eico bafwile ukulacita ifintu ku banabo mu mutima wa bwananyina.

Translation

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 Bemba | Phrases | Tower of Babel

Links

Information about the Bemba language
http://www.anthropology.emory.edu/FACULTY/ANTDS/Bemba/
http://www.isp.msu.edu/AfrLang/hiermenu.html
http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=bem

Bemba phrases
https://youtu.be/MI-i7fpkY6g
http://lsfa.moonfruit.com/#/bemba-phrases/4541705953
https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Chibemba_phrasebook
http://kitweonline.com/languages/bemba-lessons
http://my2.ewb.ca/site_media/static/attachments/threadedcomments_threadedcomment/42947/A%20Rough%20Guide%20to%20IciBemba.pdf
https://books.google.co.uk/books
http://kitweonline.com/languages/english-bemba-translations

Bantu languages

Bemba, Bulu, Chichewa, Chokwe, Comorian, Digo, Duala, Ewondo, Fang, Ganda/Luganda, Gwere, Herero, Ikizu, Jita, Kikuyu, Kimbundu, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Kisi, Kongo, Konjo, Lingala, Loma, Lozi, Makonde, Mandekan, Maore, Mende, Mushungulu, Mwani, Nkore, Northern Ndebele (South Africa), Northern Ndebele (Zimbabwe), Northern Sotho, Nyole, OshiWambo, Ronga, Sena, Shona, Soga, Southern Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Swahili, Swati, Tofa, Tshiluba, Tsonga, Tswana, Tumbuka, Umbundu, Venda, Xhosa, Yao, Zigula, Zinza, Zulu

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet


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