Chokwe (Ucokwe)

Chokwe is a Bantu language spoken in Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. There were 1.7 million speakers of Chokwe in 2014, most of whom live in Angola and the DRC. Chokwe is a national language of Angola, and is used as lingua franca in eastern Angola.

Spelling rules for Chokwe were established in Angola by the Instituto de Línguas Nacionais (National Languages Institute) with the aim of making use of the language easier.

Chokwe has been taught in primary schools since 2012, and is also used on the radio and in films, and there is a Chokwe version of the Bible.

Chokwe alphabet and pronunciation

Chokwe alphabet and pronunciation

B, d and g are only used in loanwords and foreign names.

Download an alphabet chart for Chokwe (Excel)

Details of Chokwe pronunciation provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample text in Chokwe

Mwese yoze masemuka katela ukulungunga ulengunga ulemu nyi vumbi eswe ci wikha. Eswe kalingile kupwa nyi usambe nyi mangana nyi kuhasa kulimika nyumwe nyi mukwo nyi kulita nyi mbunge ya ulemu wa utu.


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 the Chokwe languageé_(langue)

Bantu languages

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

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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