Kikuyu is a Bantu language spoken mainly in the Central
Province of Kenya by about 6.6 million people. The native
name for the language is Gĩkũyũ
[ɣēkōjó], and there are four
mutually intelligible dialects known as Kirinyaga, Muranga,
Nyeri and Kiambu.
Literature in Kikuyu includes essays, poetry, children stories
and translations by such as authors as Mwangi wa Mutahi, Gatua
wa Mbugwa and Waithĩra wa Mbuthia
Kikuyu is written with a version of the African reference alphabet,
which was first proposed at a 1978 conference organised by UNESCO.
Kikuyu has two level tones (high and low), a low-high rising
tone, and adownstep.
Sample text (John 1:1)
Kĩambĩrĩianĩ Ũhoro aarĩ o
kuo, na aatũire harĩ Ngai, nake aarĩ o Ngai.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Information about the Kikuyu language
Other languages written with the Latin alphabet