Susu (Sosoxui)

Susu is a member of the Mande branch of Niger-Congo languages spoken by about 2.4 million people, mainly in Guinea in West Africa, and also in Guinea-Bissau, Senegal and Sierra Leone.

There are about 2.2 million speakers of Susu in Guinea, in particular in the southwest of the country along the coast, and it is a de facto language of national identity. There are about 184,000 Susu speakers in Sierra Leone, mainly in the Northern province, 44,800 in Senegal and 5,340 in Guinea-Bissau.

Susu is also known as Sose, Soso, Soussou or Susoo. The native name is Sosoxui.

Susu is written with a version of the Latin alphabet. It was first written by John Godfrey Wilhelm, a German missionary, in the early 19th century, who translated parts of the Bible into Susu. A slightly revised version of the alphabet was introduced in 1988. It is also written with the Arabic alphabet, and sometimes with the N'Ko alphabet.

Latin alphabet for Susu

Susu alphabets

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Sample text

Adamadie birin barixinɛ e lan yɛtɛralui kui, yɛtɛ kolonyi nun yɛtɛ suxu kima. Fondoe nun faxamui na e bɛ boresuxu kima bariboreya fanyi kui.


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)

Videos in Susu

Information about Susu | Numbers | Tower of Babel


Information about the Susu language

Mande languages

Bambara, Boko, Busa, Dan, Dioula, Kpelle, Loma, Mandinka, Maninka, Mano, Mende, Soninke, Susu, Vai

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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