Zarma (Zarmaciine)

Zarma is a member of the Songhay branch of the Nilo-Saharan language family. It is spoken by about 2.2 million people in mainly in Niger, where it is the most widely-spoken indigenous language, and also in Mali, Benin, Nigeria, Ghana and Burkina Faso.

This languages is also known as Djerma, Dyabarma, Dyarma, Dyerma, Adzerma, Zabarma, Zarbarma, Zarma, Zarmaci and Zerma.

Zarma alphabet and pronunciation

Zarma alphabet

Notes

Sample text

Fayanka kulu no si adamayzey nda care game ra i burcintara nda i alhakey ce-diraw kayandiyaŋ fondo ra da i na i hay. I gonda lakkal, nda laasaabu, kaŋ ga naŋ i ma baafunay ɲayzetaray haali ra.

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)

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Links

Information about the Zarma language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zarma_language

Online Zarma lesson
http://www.djerma.nls
http://www.scribd.com/doc/14286013/Peace-Corps-Niger-An-Introduction-to-the-Zarma-Language
http://www.djerma.nl

Online Zarma dictionaries
http://www.bisharat.net/Zarma/

Nilo-Saharan languages

Acholi, Alur, Aringa, Ateso, Avokaya, Baka, Bari, Beli, Bongo, Daza, Dholuo, Dinka, Dongotono, Fur, Gumuz, Jur Modo, Kanuri, Karamojong, Keliko, Komo, Lango, Lotuko, Lokoya, Lopit, Lugbara, Maasai, Ma'di, Mandari, Morokodo, Moru, Narim, Nuer, Nobiin, Old Nubian, Olu'bo, Shilluk, Toposa, Turkana, Uduk, Wa'di, Zaghawa, Zarma

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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