Bari is an Eastern Nilotic language spoken mainly in South Sudan, also in northwest Uganda. In South Sudan it is spoken Juba county in Jubek state, and in Kajo Keji and Lainya counties in Yei River state. In 2013 there were about 595,000 speakers of Bari in South Sudan, 420,000 of whom speak it as a first language.

In Uganda Bari is spoken in Koboko and Yumbe districts in the northwest of the country. According to the 2002 census, there are 60,000 speakers of Bari in Uganda.

Bari is spoken by a number of different tribes, including the Bari, Pojulu, Kakwa, Nyangwara, Mundari and Kuku. Each one has their own variety of the language.

Dialects of Bari include Bari, Kuku, Nyangbara, Nyepu, Pöjulu and Ligo.

Bari alphabet and pronunciation

Bari alphabet and pronunciation

Bari is a tonal language with two tones: high and low. The high tone can indicated by an acute accent (á), however only linguists and some writers indicate tones in written Bari.

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Sample text

Ŋutu liŋ yuŋwe kana, jojo i tod’iri ko d’ekesi ko ti se tokitaki ko ‘börik ko mulökötyo lo toluŋscran. Se a d’oka ko denet na kulya na ’but ko narok.


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 videos in Bari


Information about the Bari language

Nilo-Saharan languages

Acholi, Alur, Aringa, Ateso, Avokaya, Baka, Bari, Beli, Bongo, Daza, Dholuo, Dinka, Dongotono, Fur, Gumuz, Jur Modo, Kanuri, Karamojong, Keliko, Komo, Lango, Lotuko, Lokoya, Lopit, Lugbara, Maasai, Ma'di, Mandari, Morokodo, Moru, Narim, Nuer, Nobiin, Old Nubian, Olu'bo, Shilluk, Toposa, Turkana, Uduk, Wa'di, Zaghawa, Zarma

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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