Sandawe (Sàndàwé kì’ìng)

Sandawe is a language isolate spoken by about 66,000 people in Tanzania, particularly the Kondoa district of the Dodoma region, and also in the Singida region. Sandawe is generally classified as a language isolate, although some linguistics believe it is related to the Khoe–Kwadi languages.

Sandawe is also known as Kisandawe, Kissandaui, Sandaui, Sandaweeki, Sandawi, Sandawso or Sandwe. There are two dialects: Western Sandawe and Eastern Sandaw.

Sandawe can be written with the Latin alphabet, however few Sandawe speakers read and write their language as they find it too difficult. They prefer to use Swahili as a written language.

Sandawe alphabet and pronunciation

Sandawe alphabet and pronunciation

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Sample videos in Sandawe


Information about Sandawe language

Language isolates

Adaizan, Ainu, Basque, Burushaski, Candoshi-Shapra, Chitimacha, Eskayan, Hadza, Haida, Karuk, Kawésqar, Keres, Kuot, Kusunda, Kutenai, Natchez, Nihali, Nivkh, Páez, Purepecha, Sandawe, Seri, Sumerian, Tartessian, Ticuna, Tiwi, Tonkawa, Tunica, Urarina, Waorani, Wardaman, Washo, Yaghan, Yuchi/Euchee, Zuni

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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