Zarma (Zarmaciine)

Zarma is a member of the Songhay branch of the Nilo-Saharan language family. It is spoken by about 2.2 million people in mainly in Niger, where it is the most widely-spoken indigenous language, and also in Mali, Benin, Nigeria, Ghana and Burkina Faso.

This languages is also known as Djerma, Dyabarma, Dyarma, Dyerma, Adzerma, Zabarma, Zarbarma, Zarma, Zarmaci and Zerma.

Zarma alphabet and pronunciation

Zarma alphabet

Notes

  • Doubled vowels are long
  • Nasalised vowels are indicated with a tilde or by a following n or ŋ
  • [ɱ] occurs only before f
  • ɲ is also spelled ny sometimes

Sample text (Tower of Babel)

Links

Information about the Zarma language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zarma_language
http://www.isp.msu.edu/AfrLang/Songhai_root.html

Cawyan Zarma sanni - online Zarma lessons
http://www.djerma.nl

Online Zarma lessons
http://www.scribd.com/doc/14286013/Peace-Corps-Niger-An-Introduction-to-the-Zarma-Language
http://www.djerma.nl

Online Zarma dictionaries
http://www.bisharat.net/Zarma/
http://www.websters-online-dictionary.org/translation/Zarma/

Nilo-Saharan languages

Acholi, Alur, Dholuo, Dinka, Kanuri, Karamojong, Maasai, Nuer, Shilluk, Zarma

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet