Mongo (Lɔmɔ́ngɔ)

Mongo is a Bantu language spoken by about 400,000 people in northwest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, particularly between the towns of Boende and Wema in the centre of Tshuapa Province.

Mongo is also known Nkundo, Mongo-Nkundu, Lomongo or Lonkundu. Dialects in Kutu, Bokote, Booli, Bosaka, Konda, Ekota, Emoma, Ikongo, Iyembe, Lionje, Yamongo and Mbole.

There are several ways to write Mongo with the Latin alphabet that were created by missionaries in the 1930s. The Bible has been translated into Mongo.

Mongo alphabet

Mongo alphabet

Notes

Mongo has tones which can be marked with accents, such as the acute accent (รก) for the high tone. Tone marking appears to be optional.

Download an alphabet chart for Mongo (Excel)
Details of the Mongo alphabet provided by Wolfram Siegel

Sample text (The Lord's Prayer - Luke 11: 2-4)

  1. Ko aolakela, Aondʼinyo lokela, Fafa kela lina like limemyame, likulaka like liye,
  2. otokaya toma tokiso ta wengi mbile,
  3. ko ototungole limʼaoyiʼakiso bʼobe, elʼiso mongo totungola wengiʼonto ole lʼombale lʼiso; tototombake nda lomeko

Source: https://www.bible.com/bible/2917/LUK.11.LOL87

Translation

  1. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
  2. Give us day by day our daily bread.
  3. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

Source: Bible.com

Sample video in Mongo

Links

Information about the Mongo language
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongo_language
http://www.panafril10n.org/wikidoc/pmwiki.php/PanAfrLoc/MongoNkundo
http://www.language-archives.org/language/lol
https://www.sil.org/resources/search/language/lol

Bantu languages

Bangi, Basaa, Bemba, Bena, Benga, Bukusu, Bulu, Chichewa, Chokwe, Chuwabu, Comorian, Digo, Duala, Eton, Ewondo, Fang, Ganda/Luganda, Gogo, Gusii, Gwere, Haya, Herero, Ikizu, Jita, Kamba, Kiga, Kikuyu, Kimbundu, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Kisi, Kongo, Konjo, Koti, Kunda, Kuria, Lambya, Lingala, Loma, Lozi, Luba-Katanga, Luchazi, Lunda, Luvale, Makaa, Makonde, Makhuwa, Mandekan, Maore, Masaaba, Mbunda, Mende, Mongo, Mushungulu, Mwani, Nande, Nkore, North Teke, Northern Ndebele (South Africa), Northern Ndebele (Zimbabwe), Northern Sotho, Nyamwezi, Nyakyusa, Nyemba, Nyole, Nyungwe, Nzadi, Oroko, OshiWambo, Punu, Ronga, Sena, Sengele, Shona, Soga, Songe, Southern Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Sukuma, Swahili, Swati, Tanga, Tembo, Tonga, Tshiluba, Tsonga, Tswa, Tswana, Tumbuka, Umbundu, Venda, Xhosa, Yao, Yasa, Zigula, Zinza, Zulu

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

Page created: 09.01.24. Last modified: 09.01.24

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