Tem is member of the Southern Gur branch of Niger-Congo language family. It is spoken in Togo, Ghana and Benin by about 390,200 people. In Togo there are about 234,000 speakers of Tem in Sotouboua and Tchaoudjo prefectures Centrale region, in Assoli and Bassar prefectures of the Kara region and in Agou prefecture in the Plateaux region. In Ghana about 134,000 people speak Tem in the Greater Accra region, and there are another 22,200 speakers in Benin, particularly in the north.
Tem is also known as Kotokoli, Cotocoli, Temba, Tim or Timu.
Tem is written with a version of the Latin alphabet, and was formerly written with the Arabic alphabet. It is used to some extent in literature and the media, although few Tem speakers are literate in their language.
Hear how to pronounce Tem:
Bánlʊrʊ́ʊ ɩrʊ́ báa weení na kezéńbíídi gɛ bɩka bɛdɛ́ɛ ɖɔɔzɩ́tɩ na yíkowá kɛgɛ́ɛ ɖéyí-ɖéyí gɛ. Bɔwɛná laakárɩ na ɩrʊ́tɩ bɩka bɩɩbɔ́ɔ́zɩ bɔcɔɔná ɖamá koobíre cɔwʊrɛ.
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 the Tem language
Page last modified: 23.04.21
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