Waama

Waama is member of the Gur branch of Niger-Congo languages spoken in the south of Atakora Department in northwest of Benin, mainly in the communes of Natingou, Toucountouna, Kouandé and Pehonko. In the year 2000 there were about 50,000 speakers of Waama, which is also known as Yoabou or Yoabu.

Waama is used in newspapers, on radio and TV and in schools. It is written with a version of the Latin alphabet.

Waama alphabet

Waama alphabet

Notes

A tilde (ã) is used to indicate nasal vowels, and a grave accent (à) indicates a low tone.

Download Waama alphabet charts (Excel)

Details provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample text in Waama

Yiriba na bà sikindo dare bà mɛɛri, da seena yirimma mii bà ta da i nɛki bà tɔɔba.

Translation

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 video in Acehnese

Links

Information about the Waama language
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waama_language
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waama_(langue)
https://www.ethnologue.com/18/language/wwa/
https://www.webonary.org/waama/overview/alphabet/

Gur languages

Dagaare, Dagbani, Kabiye, Kasem, Mossi, Tammari, Tem, Waama

Languages written with the Latin alphabet


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