Lozi (siLozi)

Lozi is a Bantu language spoken by about 570,200 people mainly in southwestern Zambia, particularly in Western Province and in Southern Province around Livingstone. It is also spoken in Zimbabwe, Bostwana, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Namibia. Lozi is closely related to Northern Sotho, Tswana, Kgalagari and Sotho, and developed from Luyana and Kololo.

Lozi is also known as Rozi, siLozi, Serotse or Sekololo, and is considered by some as a dialect of Sotho.

Lozi is an official language in Zambia. It is used in the media in Zambia and in DR Congo. It is also used in education and administration in Namibia.

The spelling system for Lozi was standarised in Zambia in 1977.

Lozi alphabet

Lozi alphabet

Sample text in Lozi

Batu kaufela ba pepilwe inge ba lukuluhile ni liswanelo ze swana. Ba ba ni swanelo ya ku nahana mi ba swanela ku ba ni likezo za buzwale ku mutu yo mung'wi.

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 Lozi | Lozi phrases | Tower of Babel in Lozi

Links

Information about the Lozi language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lozi_language
http://www.panafril10n.org/wikidoc/pmwiki.php/PanAfrLoc/Lozi
http://www.barotseland.net/silozi1.htm

Learn Lozi
http://learnlozi.wordpress.com/2010/04/22/the-lozi-language/

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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