Acholi (Lwo)

Acholi is spoken mainly in northern Uganda, particularly in districts of Gulu, Kitgum and Pader, known collectively as Acholiland, and in the Opari district of southern Sudan. Approximately 790,000 people speak Acholi, which belongs to the Western Nilotic branch of the Nilo-Saharan languages, and is closely related to Alur and Lango.

Acholi is also known as Acoli, Akoli, Acooli, Atscholi, Shuli, Gang, Lwoo, Lwo, Lok Acoli or Dok Acoli

The best-known piece of writing in Acholi is the Song of Lawino, an epic poem by Okot p'Bitek from Uganda. It was first published in 1966 and has been translated into quite a few other languages, including English.

Acholi alphabet and pronunciation

Acholi alphabet and pronunciation

Sample text

I acakki piny Lok onoŋo tye, Lok tye bot Lubaŋa, Lok en Lubaŋa. Jami dcu en aye ceŋ otiyo, pe tye gin mo ma ceŋ giketo laboŋo en. I en con tye kwo, kwo meno con ceŋ pa dano.

Translation

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
John 1:1-3

Source: http://www.language-museum.com/encyclopedia/a/acholi.php

Tower of Babel in Acholi

Links

Information about the Acholi language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acholi_language
http://wals.info/languoid/lect/wals_code_acl
http://www.panafril10n.org/wikidoc/pmwiki.php/PanAfrLoc/LuoAcholiLango
http://www.archive.org/stream/rosettaproject_ach_ortho-1/rosettaproject_ach_ortho-1_djvu.txt

Resources for learning Acholi
http://www.nathanfiala.com/acholi.html

Recordings in Acholi
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Xs6AW_NzNY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlL7NY6-n10
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZKAa9RYqTo

Nilo-Saharan languages

Acholi, Alur, Dholuo, Dinka, Kanuri, Karamojong, Maasai, Nuer, Shilluk, Zarma

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet