Gen (Mina)

Gen is a member of the Gbe branch of Volta-Niger language family. It is spoken in the Maritime Region in the southeast of Togo, and in the Mono Department in southern Benin. In 2006 there were about 330,000 speakers of Gen, which is also known as Gɛ̃, Gɛn gbe, Gebe, Guin, Mina, Mina-Gen or Popo.

Gen has been taught in some primary schools in Benin. There are also some radio programs in Gen in Togo.

Gen alphabet (Togo)

Gen alphabet and pronunciation

Gen alphabet (Benin)

Gen alphabet and pronunciation

The accents used in the sample text possible indicate tones.

Some information provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

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Sample text in Gen

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.


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)

Sample video in Gen


Information about GenГен_(язык)

Volta-Niger languages

Aja, Ayizo, Edo, Ewe, Fon, Gen, Igala, Igbo, Ikwerre, Isoko, Nupe, Ogba, Urhobo, Yorùbá

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

Page last modified: 23.04.21


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