Baoulé is a member of the Kwa branch of the Niger-Congo language family. It is spoken in central and southern Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) by about 2.1 million people (in 1993). It is also known as Baule, Baule-Ando or Bawule.

The Bible was translated into Baoulé between 1953 and 1998.

Baoulé alphabet

Baoulé is written with a version of the Latin alphabet devised by l'Institut de linguistique appliqué ivoirien (The Ivorian Applied Linguistic Institute) in 1979.

Baoulé alphabet

Download an alphabet chart for Baoulé (Excel)

Sample texts in Baoulé

Sran mun be ngba, kε be wu be ɔ, be ngba be sε, fɔndi nun, sran-mmala nun. Be si akundanbu, be si su ɔ fata kε sran mun be tran'n, be tran aniaan nun tranlε.


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)

Sample video in and about Baoulé


Information about the Baoulé languages (including Twi)é_languageé_(langue)

Baoulé dictionary

Kwa languages

Abidji, Adele, Ahanta, Akan, Anii, Anyin, Avatime, Baoulé, Chakosi, Chumburung, Dangme, Fante, Foodo, Ga, Gonja, Krache, Kyode, Logba, Mbato, Nkonya, Nzema, Siwu, Tchaman, Twi

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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