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Kinyarwanda (Ikinyarwanda)

Kinyarwanda is a Bantu language spoken with about 12 million speakers who live mainly in Rwanda, where it is the national language, along with French and English. It is also spoken in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. Kinyarwanda is closely related to Kirundi, which is spoken in Burundi and Tanzania.

A standardised spelling system for Kinyarwanda has been in use since the 1940s, though the spelling systems used by Roman Catholic and Protestant missions differ somewhat.

Kinyarwanda alphabet and pronunciation

Kinyarwanda alphabet and pronunciation

Notes

Download an alphabet chart for Kinyarwanda (Excel)

Sample text

Abantu bose bavuka aliko bakwiye agaciro no kwubahwa kimwe. Bose bavukana ubwenge n'umutima, bagomba kugilirana kivandimwe.

Translation

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 Kinyarwanda

Information about Kinyarwanda | Phrases | Numbers | Tower of Babel

Links

Information about the Kinyarwanda language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinyarwanda_language
http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=kin
http://kinyarwanda.ijuru.com

Speak Kinyarwanda
http://www.speakrwanda.com

Kinyarwanda phrases
http://gordanondera.wikispaces.com/Kinyarwanda+phrases
http://morganinafrica.blogspot.co.uk/2006/02/rwandan-dictionary-kinyarwanda-english.html
http://www.flashcardexchange.com/cards/kinyarwanda-common-phrases-2050070
http://www.musanze.com/helpful-phrases/

Online Kinyarwanda-English dictionary
http://kinyarwanda.net

Online news in Kinyarwanda
http://www.bbc.co.uk/greatlakes/

Bantu languages

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

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet


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