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Yao (waYao)

Yao is Bantu language spoken by about 3 million people in Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique, and also in Zambia. The main dialect in Malawi, which is known as Mangoche, is spoken around Lake Malawi, particularly around the southeast tip of the lake. The main dialects in Mozambique are known as Makale and Massaninga, and most Yao speakers live in Niassa Province. The majority of speakers in Tanzania are found east of Lake Malawi Mtwara and Ruvuma Regions.

Yao is also known as chiYao, ciYao, Achawa, Adsawa, Adsoa, Ajawa, Ayawa, Ayo, Ayao, Djao, Haiao, Hiao, Hyao, Jao, Veiao or waJa.

Yao alphabet and pronunciation

This is the spelling system used in Malawi, which is based on Chewa. The orthography used in Tanzania is based on Swahili.

Yao alphabet and pronunciation

Notes

Sample text in Yao

Wandu wosope akasapagwa ni ufulu ni uchimbichimbi wakulandana. Asapagwa ni lunda, niwakupakombola ganisya, m'yoyo kukusosekwa kuti mundu jwalijose am'woneje mundu jwimwe mpela mlongomjakwe.

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)

Links

Information about the Yao language
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yao_language
http://www.ethnologue.com/language/yao

Bantu languages

Bemba, Chichewa, Comorian, Duala, Ewondo, Ganda/Luganda, Herero, Ikizu, Jita, Kikuyu, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Kongo, Lingala, Loma, Lozi, Makonde, Mandekan, Maore, Mende, Mushungulu, Nkore, Northern Ndebele (South Africa), Northern Ndebele (Zimbabwe), Northern Sotho, OshiWambo, Ronga, Sena, Shona, Soga, Southern Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Swahili, Swati, Tofa, Tshiluba, Tsonga, Tswana, Tumbuka, Umbundu, Venda, Xhosa, Yao, Zigula, Zinza, Zulu

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet


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