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
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
Abantu bose bavuka aliko bakwiye agaciro no kwubahwa kimwe. Bose bavukana
ubwenge n'umutima, bagomba kugilirana kivandimwe.
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)
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Information about the Kinyarwanda language
Online Kinyarwanda-English dictionary
Online news in Kinyarwanda
Other languages written with the Latin alphabet