Songe (Kisonge)

Songe is a Bantu language spoken by 1 million people in the south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In particular, it is spoken in the provinces of in Kasai Oriental, Lomami, Sankuru, Tanganyika and Maniema.

Songe is also known as Kalebwe, Kisonge, Kisongi, Kisongye, Luba-Songi, Lusonge, Northeast Luba, Songye or Yembe.

Songe is written with the Latin alphabet, and there are translations of the Bible, a grammar and a dictionary in the language.

Songe alphabet and pronunciation

Songe alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Songe (Excel)

Sample text (Joshua 1:1-3)

  1. Na kunyima kua lufu lua Mose, mufubi a Ayikalayika, ngi Ayikalayika bakuile kui Yoshua, muana a Nune baadi akuasha Mose, na kuamba'shi:
  2. Mose, mufubi ande, bafu; na binobino ebuee, sabuka Yodana, obe na uno muilo oso, [bua kutuela] bua kutuela mu'eumbo dianebapa buabo, bana ba Isalele.
  3. Mbalo yoso ayikashina kiashino kia luawo luenu, nenupeele yanka, bu binalunguile Mose.

Source: http://33eme-cers.org/Pages/librairiekisongue.php

Translation

  1. Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying,
  2. Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.
  3. Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.

Source: https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Joshua-Chapter-1/

Sample video in Songe

Links

Information about Songe
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songe_language
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songe_language
http://www.language-archives.org/language/sop
https://glottolog.org/resource/languoid/id/song1303

Bantu languages

Basaa, Bemba, Bukusu, Bulu, Chichewa, Chokwe, Comorian, Digo, Duala, Eton, Ewondo, Fang, Ganda/Luganda, Gogo, Gusii, Gwere, Haya, Herero, Ikizu, Jita, Kamba, Kiga, Kikuyu, Kimbundu, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Kisi, Kongo, Konjo, 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

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

Page created: 22.03.22. Last modified: 22.03.22

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