Sukuma is a Northeast Bantu language spoken by about 8.1 million people in northern Tanzania, particulary in the regions of Geita, Kagera, Mwanza, Shinyanga, Simiyu, Singida and Tabora, and also in Kigoma and Mara.
Sukuma is also known as Kesukuma or Kisukuma. Dialects include KɪmunaSukuma, GɪmunaNtuzu/GɪnaNtuzu and Jìnàkɪ̀ɪ̀yâ/JimunaKɪɪyâ. Sukuma is closely related to Nyamwezi and is mutually intelligible with it.
Sukuma is written with a version of the Latin alphabet, and there some literature, a dictionary, grammar and translations of the Bible.
Sukuma's tones can be indicated as follows: á = high tone, à = low tone, ǎ = rising tone, â = falling tone
Download an alphabet chart for Sukuma (Excel)
Banhu bose bakabyalagwa na wiyabi na bakabizaga na makujo na sekge jabo jilenganilile. Banhu bose bakabizaga na masala na buhabuji; hukuyomba balidakilwa gubi na witogwa gidi bana ba myaji umo.
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 Sukuma language
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Languages written with the Latin alphabet
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