Mbunda (Chimbúùnda)

Mbunda is a Bantu language spoken by about 218,000 people in Angola and Zambia. In Angola it is considered a national language and is spoken by about 135,000 people in the province of Moxico in the southwest of the country. There are also about 83,000 speakers of Mbunda in the North-Western province of Zambia.

Mbunda is also known as Chimbunda, Ki-mbunda, Kimbunda, Gimbunda, Mbúùnda or Mbuunda. Mbunda speakers call it Chimbúùnda. It is closely related to Luchazi.

An alphabet for Mbunda was approved in 1987. The language is taught in some schools in Angola.

Mbunda alphabet and pronunciation

Mbunda alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Mbunda (Excel)

Notes

Acute (á) and grave (à) accents can be used to indicate high and low tones.

Sample text in Mbunda

O athu woso avwala abhuluka ni kusokela mu kijingu ni mu itekelu. Ene ala ni ulungilu ni kilunji ni atokala kulaya kumoxi nya akwa mu mixima ya undandu.

Translation

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 Mbunda

Information about Mbunda | Numbers

Links

Information about Mbunda
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mbunda_language
https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idioma_mbunda
https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Língua_mbunda
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/mck

Bantu languages

Basaa, Bemba, Bulu, Chichewa, Chokwe, Comorian, Digo, Duala, Eton, Ewondo, Fang, Ganda/Luganda, Gogo, Gusii, Gwere, Haya, Herero, Ikizu, Jita, Kamba, Kiga, Kikuyu, Kimbundu, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Kisi, Kongo, Konjo, Kuria, Lambya, Lingala, Loma, Lozi, Luchazi, Luvale, 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, OshiWambo, Punu, Ronga, Sena, Shona, Soga, Songe, Southern Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Sukuma, Swahili, Swati, Tonga, Tshiluba, Tsonga, Tswa, Tswana, Tumbuka, Umbundu, Venda, Xhosa, Yao, Zigula, Zinza, Zulu

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

Page created: 07.03.22. Last modified: 07.03.22

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