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Kwanyama language

Native to Namibia and Angola
Region Ovamboland
Native speakers 250,000 in Namibia (2006); 420,000 in Angola  (1993)Template:Infobox language/ref
Language family
Language codes
ISO 639-1 kj
ISO 639-2 kua
ISO 639-3 kua
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Guthrie code R.21[1]
Linguasphere 05-PEA-aa

Kwanyama or Oshikwanyama is a national language of Angola and Namibia. It is a standardized dialect of the Ovambo language, and is mutually intelligible with Ndonga, the other Ovambo dialect with a standard written form.

The entire Christian Bible has been translated into Kwanyama and was first published in 1974 under the name Ombibeli by the South African Bible Society.[2]


External links

  • Basic Grammar
  • Language map of Namibia
  • Grammar and vocabulary (Spanish)
  • PanAfrican L10n page on Kwanyama

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