Kikuyu (Gĩkũyũ)

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 alphabet

Kikuyu is written with a version of the African reference alphabet, which was first proposed at a 1978 conference organised by UNESCO.

Kikuyu alphabet

Kikuyu pronunciation

Kikuyu pronunciation

Tones

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.

Translation

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Links

Information about the Kikuyu language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gikuyu_language
http://emmanuelkariuki.hubpages.com/hub/The-Kikuyu-Language
http://aboutworldlanguages.com/kikuyu
http://www.ethnologue.com/language/kik

Bantu languages

Bemba, Chichewa, Duala, Ewondo, Ganda/Luganda, Herero, Kikuyu, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Lingala, Loma, Lozi, Mandekan, Mende, Northern Ndebele, Northern Sotho, OshiWambo, Ronga, Shona, Southern Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Swahili, Swati, Tofa, Tshiluba, Tsonga, Tswana, Tumbuka, Umbundu, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet


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