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
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.
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.
Tower of Babel in Acholi
Information about the Acholi language
Resources for learning Acholi
Recordings in Acholi
Other languages written with the Latin alphabet