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Zarma (Zarmaciine)

Zarma is a member of the Songhay branch of the Nilo-Saharan language family. It is spoken by about 2.2 million people in mainly in Niger, where it is the most widely-spoken indigenous language, and also in Mali, Benin, Nigeria, Ghana and Burkina Faso.

This languages is also known as Djerma, Dyabarma, Dyarma, Dyerma, Adzerma, Zabarma, Zarbarma, Zarma, Zarmaci and Zerma.

Zarma alphabet and pronunciation

Zarma alphabet


Sample text (The Lord's Prayer)

Ya iri Baabo kaŋ go beena ra, ni maa ma ciya ihanna. Ni koytara ma kaa. Mate kaŋ cine i ga ni miila te beena ra, i m'a te neewo mo ndunnya ra. M'iri no hunkuna ŋwari, m'iri garaw-garawey yaafa iri se, sanda mate kaŋ cine iri mo g'iri garawkooney yaafa nd'a. Ma si konda iri siyaŋ do, amma m'iri faaba k'iri wa da Izefuto.

Sample text supplied by Michael Peter Füstumum

Information about Zarma | Tower of Babel


Information about the Zarma language

Online Zarma lesson

Online Zarma dictionaries

Nilo-Saharan languages

Acholi, Alur, Aringa, Avokaya, Baka, Bari, Beli, Bongo, Daza, Dholuo, Dinka, Dongotono, Fur, Jur Modo, Kanuri, Karamojong, Keliko, Komo, Lotuko, Lokoya, Lopit, Lugbara, Maasai, Ma'di, Morokodo, Moru, Narim, Nuer, Nobiin, Old Nubian, Olu'bo, Shilluk, Toposa, Wa'di, Zaghawa, Zarma

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet

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