Chumburung (Kyo̱ŋbo̱ro̱ŋ)

Chumburung is member of the North Guang branch of the Kwa group of languages. It is spoken by about 69,000 people in the Kpandai District in the Northern Region of Ghana, and also in the town of Yeji in the Pru East District of the Bono East Region of Ghana.

Chumburung is also known as Nchumburung, Kyongborong, Nchimburu or Nchummuru. Dialects include North Chumburung, South Chumburung and Yeji. The Yeji dialect differs significantly from the other dialects.

Chumburung alphabet and pronunciation

Chumburung alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Chumburung (Excel)
Details of the Chumburung alphabet provided by Wolfram Siegel

Sample text

Kyo̱ŋbo̱ro̱ŋ awuye, mo̱ne̱ a ba,
mo̱n(e̱) ne̱ mo̱ne̱ a le̱e̱ e̱maŋ se̱ mo̱ne̱ a ba-ɔ.
Maŋ e̱ sa mo̱ne̱ aŋsɛ ooo.


Chumburung people, you have arrived
you who have come from the towns you have arrived
The town welcomes you ooo.

Source: Doing Chumburung songs - A taxonomy of styles, by Gillian Hansford

Sample text (The Lord's Prayer - Luke 11: 2-4)

  1. Ne̱ Yeesuu a be̱ŋŋaa mò̱ fe̱yɛ, “Mo̱ne̱ e̱ ko̱re̱ ke̱bware̱ko̱re̱, mo̱nꞌ tɔwe̱ fe̱yɛ, ‘Ane̱ se̱ Wuribware̱, sa a bo̱ kyo̱rɔ fo̱ ke̱nyare̱ timaa. Na fo̱ baa fo̱ kuwure‑o bo̱ gyi mfe̱e̱.
  2. Sa ane̱ ateese ne̱ a tiri ane̱ ndɔɔ na kake ke̱maa‑ɔ.
  3. Na fo̱ taa ane̱ e̱bɔye̱ bo̱ ke ane̱, bo̱ le̱e̱ fe̱yɛ ane̱ de ɔke̱maa ne̱ ɔ waa ane̱ e̱bɔye̱‑ɔ lee ane̱ i ke mò̱. Na fo̱ ma sa kpa a Ɔbɔnsam kyɔ ane̱‑rɔ ke̱e̱ fe̱yɛ ane̱ e̱ waa e̱bɔye̱ aaa.’ ”



  1. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
  2. Give us day by day our daily bread.
  3. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.


Sample text and corrections by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample videos in Chumburung

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Information about Chumburung

Chumburung 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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