Oshiwambo is a Bantu language spoken in southern Angola and northern Nambia by about 1.5 million people (in 2006). The language is also known as Oshivambo or Ovambo. Major dialects include Kwanyama (OshiKwanyama) and Ndonga (OshiNdonga). Kwanyama is spoken in northern Namibia and southern Angola, and Ndonga is spoken in northern Namibia.
Both major dialects have been used as the medium of instruction in schools since the 1990s. Oshiwambo is also used on the radio to some extent in Namibia.
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Information on Oshiwambo compiled by Wolfram Siegel
Aantu ayehe oya valwa ye na emanguluko noye na ondilo yi thike pamwe osho wo uuthemba. Oye na omaipulo goondunge neiuvo onkene naa kalathane mombepo yuumwainathana.
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)
Information about the Oshiwambo language
Basaa, Bemba, Bena, 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, Luchazi, Luvale, Makonde, Makhuwa, Mandekan, Maore, Masaaba, Mbunda, Mende, Mushungulu, Mwani, Nande, Nkore, Northern Ndebele (South Africa), Northern Ndebele (Zimbabwe), Northern Sotho, Nyamwezi, Nyakyusa, Nyemba, Nyole, Nyungwe, OshiWambo, Punu, Ronga, Sena, Shona, Soga, Songe, Southern Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Sukuma, Swahili, Swati, Tonga, Tshiluba, Tsonga, Tswa, Tswana, Tumbuka, Umbundu, Venda, Xhosa, Yao, Zigula, Zinza, Zulu
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