Bemba is a Bantu language spoken by about 3.6 million people in
parts of Zambia, particularly the Northern, Luapula, Copperbelt
and Northwestern Central provinces, and also in the Democratic
Republic of the Congo and Tanzania.
Bemba is a national (official) language in Zambia and is used as
a lingua franca in many areas, particularly cities and in Copperbelt
Province. It is also used on the radio.
The spelling of Bemba was standardised between 1972 and 1977 by the
Zambian Ministry of Education.
- In proper nouns, c is written ch
- S is pronounced [ʃ] when it appears before i
- Bemba has two tones: a high tone, which is sometimes marked
by an accent over the appropriate vowel; and a low tone, which
is not marked.
Abantu bonse bafyalwa abalubuka nokulingana mu mucinshi nensambu. Balikwata amano
nokutontonkanya, eico bafwile ukulacita ifintu ku banabo mu mutima wa bwananyina.
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)
Tower of Babel in Bemba
Information about the Bemba language
Other languages written with the Latin alphabet