Mandinka (Mandingo / لغة مندنكا)
Mandinka is a Mande language with about 1.3 million speakers
in Mali, Senegal, the Gambia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso,
Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea-Bissau and Chad. It is the main
language of Gambia, and is recognised as a minority language in
There are versions of the Latin and Arabic scripts for writing
Mandinka. The Latin script is official, but the Arabic script is
used by more people, and is older. The N'Ko
script is also used in north east Guinea and in neighbouring
parts of Ivory Coast and Mali.
Araic alphabet for Mandinka
Latin alphabet for Mandinka
Long vowels are indicated by doubling, e.g. aa, ee, etc.
Information about the Mandinka language
Other languages written with the Latin and Arabic scripts