Nkore (Runyankore)

Nkore is a Bantu language with about 2.3 million speakers in the south west of Uganda, mainly in in the Mbarara, Bushenyi, Ntungamo, Kiruhura, Ibanda, Isingiro, and Rukungiri districts. There are also Nkore speakers in parts of Tanzania, Congo, Burundi and Rwanda.

Nkore is also known as Nyankore, Nyankole, Nkole, Orunyankore, Orunyankole, Runyankore or Runyankole, and is spoken mainly by the Nkore (Banyankore) and Hima peoples.

Nkore was documented by Charles Taylor, an Australian linguist, in the 1950s. He produced a description, teaching guide and dictionary. Nkore is closely related to Kiga and Taylor classifies the two languages as one: Nkore-Kiga.

Nkore alphabet and pronunciation

Nkore alphabet and pronunciation


Sample text

Abantu nibazaarwa baine obugabe nobushoborozi ebiri kwingana nibahangwa baine obwengye kandi barikubasa kwahura ekirungi nekibi, nahabwekyo abantu bashemereire kutuura kumwe nkabanya Uganda.


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)

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Information about the Nkore language

Nkore lessons

Nkore phrases

Bantu languages

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

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