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amharic Lessons

Amharic (አማርኛ) is a Semitic language spoken in Ethiopia. It is the second-most spoken Semitic language in the world, after Arabic, and the official working language of Ethiopia. Amharic is written using Amharic Fidel, ፊደል, which grew out of the Ge'ez abugida—called, in Ethiopian Semitic languages, ፊደል fidel ("alphabet", "letter", or "character") and አቡጊዳ abugida.

Amharic language on Wikipedia

bamanankan Lessons

Bambara, also known as Bamana, and Bamanankan by speakers of the language, is a language spoken in Mali, Burkina Faso and Senegal. The Bambara language is the language of people of the Bambara ethnic group but serves also as a lingua franca in Mali. Bamanankan is a tonal language and is written in the Latin, Arabic and N'Ko writing systems.

Bamanankan language on Wikipedia

igbo Lessons

Igbo is the principal native language of the Igbo people, an ethnic group of southeastern Nigeria. Igbo is written in the Latin script and has over 20 dialects. There are related Igboid languages as well that are sometimes considered dialects of Igbo, the most divergent being Ekpeye. Some of these, such as Ika, have separate standard forms. Igbo is also a recognised minority language of Equatorial Guinea.

The Igbo language on Wikipedia

pulaar Lessons

Pulaar is a Fula language spoken primarily as a first language by Fula people and Tukolor (or Toorobe). Pulaar speakers live in Senegal, Mauritania, Gambia, and western Mali. Pulaar is not to be confused with Pular, another variety of Fula spoken in Guinea-Conakry. Pulaar is written in a Latin alphabet, but historically was written in an Arabic alphabet known as ajami.

Pulaar language on Wikipedia

somali Lessons

Somali is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken as a mother tongue by ethnic Somalis in Greater Somalia and the Somali diaspora. Somali is an official language of the Federal Republic of Somalia, a national language in Djibouti, and a working language in the Somali region of Ethiopia. It is used as an adoptive language by a few neighboring ethnic minority groups and individuals.

Somali language on Wikipedia

swahili Lessons

The Swahili language or Kiswahili is a Bantu language spoken by various communities inhabiting the African Great Lakes region and other parts of Southeast Africa, including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Swahili is used as a lingua franca in much of Southeast Africa and serves as a national or official language of four African nations.

Swahili language on Wikipedia

tigrinya Lessons

Tigrinya (ትግርኛ, tigriñā) is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken by ethnic Tigray-Tigrinya in the Horn of Africa. Tigrinya speakers primarily inhabit the Tigray Region in northern Ethiopia (65%), where its speakers are called Tigray, as well as the contiguous borders of southern Eritrea (35%), where speakers are known as the Tigrinya.

Tigrinya language on Wikipedia

twi Lessons

Akan, also known as Twi and Fante, is an Akan language that is the principal native language of Akan lands in Ghana and Ivory Coast. Three dialects have been developed as literary standards with distinct orthographies, Asante, Akuapem (together called Twi), and Fante, which despite being mutually intelligible were inaccessible in written form to speakers of the other standards.

Twi language on Wikipedia

wolof Lessons

Wolof is a language of Senegal, the Gambia, and Mauritania, and the native language of the Wolof people. Unlike most other languages of Sub-Saharan Africa, Wolof is not a tonal language. Wolof is the most widely spoken language in Senegal.

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