Dholuo or Luo or is spoken around the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya, Sudan and Tanzania by about 3 million people. It is a member of the Nilo-Saharan language family. The language has no official status and is used to some extent in schools, churches and on the radio.

Since the 1960s, efforts have been made to standardise the spelling of Luo and other Bantu languages.

Latin alphabet for Dholuo

Latin alphabet for Dholuo

Download an alphabet chart for Luo (Excel)

Information compiled by Wolfram Siegel

Luo alphabet

An alternative alphabet for Dholuo was developed by Kefa Ombewa between 2009 and 2012. Numerals were created separately by Paul Sidanidi. They met online in 2013 and combined their work to create the Luo alphabet. More details.

Sample text

Kar chakruok Wach ne nitie, kendo Wach ne nikod Nyasaye, kendo Wach ne en Nyasaye. Ne en gi Nyasaye kar chakruok. Gik moko duto nochwe kuome, kendo ka dine oonge to onge gima dine ochwe mosechwe. Ngima ne ni kuome, kendo ngimano ne en ler mar ji. Lerno rieny ei mudho, to odhiero mudho winjo.


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
John, 1-5

Source: http://www.ibs.org/bibles/luo/pdf/johana.pdf

Videos in and about Dholuo

Information about Dholuo | Luo Lakeside Script | Phrases | Numbers | Tower of Babel


Information about the Dholuo language

Learn Dholuo (lessons, phrases and grammar)
http://erepository.uonbi.ac.ke/bitstream/handle/11295/71359/Dholuo grammar for beginners.pdf
http://home.btconnect.com/anyadwechildrensandfamilywelfareassociation.com/luo languages and phrases at anyadwe.html

New Testament of the Bible in Dholuo

Nilo-Saharan languages

Acholi, Alur, Aringa, Ateso, Avokaya, Baka, Bari, Beli, Bongo, Daza, Dholuo, Dinka, Dongotono, Fur, Jur Modo, Kanuri, Karamojong, Keliko, Komo, Lango, Lotuko, Lokoya, Lopit, Lugbara, Maasai, Ma'di, Mandari, Morokodo, Moru, Narim, Nuer, Nobiin, Old Nubian, Olu'bo, Shilluk, Toposa, Turkana, Uduk, Wa'di, Zaghawa, Zarma

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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