Hadza (Hadzane)

Hadza is a language isolate spoken by about 1,000 people around Lake Eyasi in northern Tanzania. In particular it is spoken in the Iramba and Mbulu districts of the Manyara region, and in the Maswa district of the Simiyu region. The majority of Hadza speakers are adults. Some children speak it, although they are more likely to speak Swahili.

Hadza is also known as Hadzabi, Hadzane, Hadzape, Hadzapi, Hatsa, Kangeju, Kindega, Kindiga, Kitindiga, Tindiga or Watindiga.

Hadza can be written with the Latin alphabet using an orthography devised in 2013 by Kirk Miller and Mariamu Anyawire. However, few Hadza speakers actually use it.

Hadza alphabet and pronunciation

Hadza alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Hadza (Excel)

Details of the Hadza alphabet provided by Wolfram Siegel

Sample video in Hadza


Information about the Hadza language

Language isolates

Adaizan, Ainu, Basque, Burushaski, Candoshi-Shapra, Chitimacha, Eskayan, Hadza, Haida, Karuk, Kawésqar, Keres, Kuot, Kusunda, Kutenai, Natchez, Nihali, Nivkh, Páez, Purepecha, Sandawe, Seri, Sumerian, Tartessian, Ticuna, Tiwi, Tonkawa, Tunica, Urarina, Waorani, Wardaman, Washo, Yaghan, Yuchi/Euchee, Zuni

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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