Loma (Löömàgòòi / Löghömàgòòi) Loma

Loma is a Mande language spoken by approximately 420,000 people in northwest of Liberia, and in neighbouring parts in Guinea. The language is also known as Loghoma, Looma or Lorma, and native names for Loma include Löömàgìtì, Löghömagiti, Löömàgòòi and Löghömàgòòi.

The Loma syllabary was invented during the 1930s by Wido Zobo (Widɔ Zoɓo) of Boneketa in Liberia. It was used among the Loma people, mainly for personal correspondence, during the 1930s and 1940s but is no longer used having been replaced by the Latin alphabet.

Notable features

Loma syllabary

Loma syllabary

Sample text in the Loma Syllabary

Sample text in the Loma Syllabary


lòma kò lò ni u lò no bonekèta. ge kèbè lwo. li e va ga zi yé. ge ma li ty ' ge zu vè. pè lè u ba la, ga li zu ta zu. masata zu widò zo'bo kae bilèma kowogi li du lu kò lò zu.

Source: http://www.unicode.org/L2/L2017/17059-n4786-loma.pdf

Latin alphabet for Loma

Latin alphabet for Loma

Sample text (The Lord's Prayer)

Yài è ga gé ɣeeai è gee-zuvɛ,ɓaa ɣa la yà laa-zeigi ma,yà masadai va,è yii-mai ɣɛ zui zu è ɣɛ velei é ɣɛɛzu la è wɔ vɛ,è zaa mii ŋenigi ʋe gé ya,è gé vaa ʋaitiɛ zu ʋaa yɛ,è ɣɛ velei gá ɓalaa gé zɔitiɛ zu ʋaa yɛga la gá ʋaa yega te va.Mɛ lɛ kɛ tɛ-ga ɔ́ wo ga gíɛ,kɛ̀ è gé wulo tuɓo-vele-yowũ nui ya.

Details of the Loma Latin alphabet and the sample text provided by Michael Peter Füstumum. Loma font by Jason Glavy.

Sample video in Loma


Information about Loma

Mande languages

Bambara, Busa, Kpelle, Loma, Mandinka, Maninka, Mano, Mende, Soninke, Susu, Vai


Bamum, Caroline Island Script, Celtiberian, Cherokee, Cypriot, Eskayan, Hiragana, Iban, Iberian, Katakana, Kpelle, Loma, Mende, Mwangwego, Ndjuká, Nüshu, Nwagụ Aneke, Vai, Yi, Yugtun

Other writing systems

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