Kinyarwanda (Ikinyarwanda)

Kinyarwanda is a Bantu language spoken with about 7 million speakers who live mainly in Rwanda, where it is the national language along with French and English, and also in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. Kinyarwanda is closley related to Kirundi, which is spoken in Burundi and Tanzania.

A standardised spelling system for Kinyarwanda has been in use since the 1940s, though the spelling used by Roman Catholic and Protestant missions differ somewhat.

Kinyarwanda alphabet and pronunciation

Kinyarwanda alphabet and pronunciation

Notes

  • K = [kh] before A, [kw] before O and U, and [k] elsewhere
  • Kinyarwanda is a tonal language but the tones are not usually indicated in writing

Sample text

Abantu bose bavuka aliko bakwiye agaciro no kwubahwa kimwe. Bose bavukana ubwenge n'umutima, bagomba kugilirana kivandimwe.

Translation

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)

Information about Kinyarwanda | Phrases | Tower of Babel | Language learning materials

Links

Information about the Kinyarwanda language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinyarwanda_language
http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=kin
http://www.panafril10n.org/wikidoc/pmwiki.php/PanAfrLoc/RwandaRundi
http://kinyarwanda.ijuru.com

Speak Kinyarwanda
http://www.speakrwanda.com

Kinyarwanda phrases
http://gordanondera.wikispaces.com/Kinyarwanda+phrases
http://morganinafrica.blogspot.co.uk/2006/02/rwandan-dictionary-kinyarwanda-english.html
http://www.flashcardexchange.com/cards/kinyarwanda-common-phrases-2050070
http://www.musanze.com/helpful-phrases/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_Abs0I2a4Y
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_KGDFyC1vE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wW2lCxp9sc

Online Kinyarwanda-English dictionary
http://kinyarwanda.net

Online news in Kinyarwanda
http://www.bbc.co.uk/greatlakes/

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, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet