Chichewa is a Bantu language spoken in parts of Malawi, where it is
an official national language along with English, and also in Zambia,
Mozambique, where the language is known as Chinyanja, and Zimbabwe.
Between 7 and 8 million people speak Chichewa.
The orthography of Chichewa was standardised in 1973 when the
New Chichewa Orthography Rules were published.
Sample text (Chichewa)
Anthu onse amabadwa aufulu ndiponso ofanana mu ulemu ndi ufulu wao. Iwowa ndi
wodalitsidwa ndi mphamvu zoganiza ndi chikumbumtima ndipo achitirane wina ndi
Sample text (Chinyanja)
Anthu onse amabadwa mwa ufulu ndiponso olinganga m' makhalidwe ao. Iwo
amakhala ndi nzeru za cibadwidwe kotero ayenera kucitirana zabwino wina ndi
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 Chichewa
Information about the Chichewa language
Online Chichewa lessons
Online Chichewa dictionary
Other languages written with the Latin alphabet