Lango (Lëblaŋo)

Lango is a member of the Southern Luo branch of the Nilo-Saharan language family. It is spoken by about 2.1 million people in the Northern Region of Uganda, mainly north of Lake Kyoga in the Lango sub-region, and particularly in the districts of Abim, Alebtong, Amolatar, Apac, Dokolo, Kole, Lira, Otuke and Oyam.

Lango is also known as Langi, Leb Laŋo, Leb Lango, Leb-Lango, Lwo, Lwoo, Lëblaŋo or leb Lano. It is closely related to, and mutually intelligible with Luo (Dholuo) and Acholi, which are spoken in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and South Sudan.

A way to write Lango with the Latin alphabet was introduced in 1967. This was revised in 2010. The language is taught in primary schools, and used in newspapers, on the radio and in some literature, including a translation of the Bible that was published in 1979.

Latin alphabet for Lango

Latin alphabet for Lango

Download an alphabet chart for Lango (Excel)

Sample text (Matthew 6: 9-13)

  1. Doŋ ba, kwa wunu Obaŋa kit man, ni, ‘Papawa a tye i polo, nyiŋi bed me awora.
  2. Myero locci doŋ bin, gin ame imito myero tiye, i lobo bala i polo.
  3. Miwa tin cam mewa me tin;
  4. timwa kica pi bannyi i baŋwa, acalo wan daŋ otimo kica baŋ jo a tye kede bannyiwa.
  5. Kur imi bitwa, ento ilarwa i baŋ Arac. [Pien loc kede teko kede kwogo obedo meri atwal. Amen.’]



  1. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
  2. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
  3. Give us this day our daily bread.
  4. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
  5. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.


Videos in and about Lango

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Information about Lango

Nilo-Saharan languages

Acholi, Alur, Aringa, Ateso, Avokaya, Baka, Bari, Beli, Bongo, Daza, Dholuo, Dinka, Dongotono, Fur, Gumuz, 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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