Fang (Faŋ / Paŋwe)

Fang is a Bantu language spoken in Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Gabon, the Republic of the Congo, and São Tomé and Príncipe. In 2013 there were about 1 million speakers of Fang, including 589,000 in Equatorial Guinea, 121,000 in Cameroon, 8,100 in Congo, and 350,00 in Gabon.

In Equatorial Guinea Fang is spoken in Centro Sur, Kié-Ntem, Litoral, and Wele-Nzas provinces. In Cameroon it is spoken in the South region. In Congo it is spoken in the Sangha department, and in Gabon it is spoken in the northwest, mainly in Woleu-Ntem and Estuaire provinces, and also in Ogooué-Ivindo and Ngounié provinces.

Fang is also known as Pahouin, Pamue or Pangwe. There are many Fang dialects, some of which are considered separate languages. Fang is closely related to Bulu and Ewondo, and is one of the Beti languages.

Fang can be written with the Latin alphabet, but has no standard spelling system. The alphabet shown below was created by Michael Peter Füstumum.

Fang alphabet and pronunciation

Fang  alphabet and pronunciation

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Sample text

Abiali bod bese, tege ai sesala, bene etie dzia a mis memvende 'enyiñ, dzom dzia etu fili nkóbó, fili ntsogan, fili mboan. Ve abiali te, mod ose ayem dze ene abe, dze ene mbeñ asu e mod mbog antoa ai mfi na enyiñ ewulu mezen mene sosoo.


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)

Information about Fang | Numbers


Information about Fang

Bantu languages

Bangi, Basaa, Bemba, Bena, Bukusu, Bulu, Chichewa, Chokwe, Chuwabu, Comorian, Digo, Duala, Eton, Ewondo, Fang, Ganda/Luganda, Gogo, Gusii, Gwere, Haya, Herero, Ikizu, Jita, Kamba, Kiga, Kikuyu, Kimbundu, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Kisi, Kongo, Konjo, Koti, Kunda, Kuria, Lambya, Lingala, Loma, Lozi, Luchazi, Luvale, Makaa, Makonde, Makhuwa, Mandekan, Maore, Masaaba, Mbunda, Mende, Mushungulu, Mwani, Nande, Nkore, Northern Ndebele (South Africa), Northern Ndebele (Zimbabwe), Northern Sotho, Nyamwezi, Nyakyusa, Nyemba, Nyole, Nyungwe, Nzadi, Oroko, OshiWambo, Punu, Ronga, Sena, Shona, Soga, Songe, Southern Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Sukuma, Swahili, Swati, Tembo, Tonga, Tshiluba, Tsonga, Tswa, Tswana, Tumbuka, Umbundu, Venda, Xhosa, Yao, Zigula, Zinza, Zulu

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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