Gawar is a member of the Chadic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family. It is spoken by about 15,000 people in the Far North Region (Région de l'Extrême-Nord) of Cameroon, particularly in the town of Mogodé and the cities of Gawar and Mokolo in the Department of Mayo-Tsanaga.

Gawar is also known as Gavar, Gouwar, Gauar, Rtchi, Kortchi or Ma-Gavar. There are two main varieties of Gawar: Gavar-Foulbé, which is spoken mainly in the city of Gawar, and Gavar-Hosséré, which is spoken mainly in the town of Mogodé.

Gawar is written with the Latin alphabet.

Gawar alphabet

Gawar alphabet

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Sample text

Gwambakw age á tadzaɓa zli ta a damə. Nivindi a ndaha grata á kafatəɓa zli ta. Vandə madagal ta tə, Vandə madagal ta tə, pahw pahw á pahw bəza. Vandə madagal ma ɓizhaheji. Ndə a kaɓizi guva madagal ata ŋ tə, guva mafeŋ a gwambakw age: «Kəsleperep a Vandə, gizlibirip a gwambakw age.» Ndəɗa ŋtuk a ɓizh, gwambakw age, sar, sar á sarə ŋ ta ɓraŋ, á tazlapanə akas.


The toads had killed their meat in the bush. The squirrel came and saw them slaughtering their meat. The big Vandi is coming, the big Vandi is coming, they've cut it all. It was the great Vandi who shared it with people. He shared the big part for himself, the small part for the toads. “Small for Vandi, big for toads.” When he finished sharing, the toads saw that for them it was small but they said nothing.


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Information about Gawar

Chadic languages

Bade, Barein, Bole, Dangaléat, Gawar, Goemai, Hausa, Hdi, Karai-karai, Kera, Lele, Marba, Migaama, Miya, Moloko, Musey, Mwaghavul, Ngizim, Polci, Sokoro, Somrai, Tangale, Tumak

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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