Wobé (Wɛɛ)

Wobé is a member of the Western Kru branch of the Niger-Congo language family. It is spoken by about 265,000 people in the west of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), particularly in the Fakobly and Kouibly subprefectures of the Montagnes district.

Wobé is also known as Ouobe, Wèè, Wê, Wè Northern or Northern Wèè. Dialects include Tao, Péomé, Sémien and Kouibly. It is closely related to Wè Southern. It is written with the Latin alphabet.

Wobé alphabet and pronunciation

Wobé alphabet and pronunciation


Wobé has up to 14 tones - more than any other language - although the exact number is uncertain.

Download an alphabet chart for Wobé (Excel)

Sample text

Ba' taa -tyuu' nyo a plee oh'. -See -kooh' ɛ, -mɛ e sawon ke, nyo -nea 'sɔɔn 'moae-, ooh 'bɛɛ- 'on 'ɛ. -Wɛɛ ooh -wee ne 'o 'bloha- kpei". -Wɛe ba' taa -tyuu' 'ble ooh -poh'.

Source: Contes wobé by Gbè Kouiti


The panther inspires fear in everyone. The spider and the chameleon, both of the same size, are also dominated by it.

Sample video in Wobé


Information about Wobé
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wobé_(langue) https://www.ethnologue.com/language/wob

Kru languages

Bassa, Bete (Daloa), Godié, Guere, Jabo, Neyo, Nyabwa, Wobé, Yocoboué Dida

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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