Tammari (Ditammari)

Tammari is member of the Gur branch of Niger-Congo language family spoken mainly in central Benin, and also in northern and central Togo. In Benin it is spoken in Atakora, Donga and Borgou departements, and in Togo it is spoken in the Kara and Savanes regions. In 2012 there were about 150,000 speakers of Tammari.

See where Tammari is spoken

There are two dialects of Tammari: Eastern Ditammari and Western Ditammari, which is also known as Tamberma.

Tammari is taught in some primary schools, and is also used in some radio programs.

Tammari alphabet and pronunciation

Tammari alphabet and pronunciation


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Sample text in Tammari

Oniti ti pɛi nɖɛ omɔũ yi kpaatri otɔu, kɛ yɛ̃ oniti ba we, o yi ɖo nnɛ fɛhɔ̃fɛ; o mɔkɛmu mɛcii kɛhã mɛyɛmmɛ. Ti tú nɛ ɖo kenyari ti tɔbɛ mbɛ kɛ yie mii ba nkwuɔ ko otɔu ɖau.


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)

Sample videos in Tammari


Information about the Tammari language

Gur languages

Berba, Birifor (Northern), Birifor (Southern), Dagaare, Dagbani, Frafra, Gourmanchéma, Kabiye, Kasem, Konkomba, Kusaal, Láá Láá Bwamu, Mampruli, Moba, Mossi, Paasaal, Safaliba, Sisaali, Tammari, Tem, Tumulung Sisaala, Turka, Waama, Western Sisaala

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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