Languages

Kimbundu

Fact corner

  • Language: Kimbundu
  • Alternate names: Dongo, Kimbundo, Kindongo, Loanda Mbundu, Loande, Luanda, Lunda, Mbundu, N’bundo, Nbundu, Ndongo, North Mbundu
  • SIL-code: Ethnologue:kmb
  • Language family: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, H, Mbundu (H.20)
  • Number of speakers: 3,000,000
  • Script: Latin

Introduction

Kimbundu is one of the most widely spoken Bantu languages in Angola, concentrated in the north-west of the country, notably in the Luanda Province, the Bengo Province and th Malanje Province.

The verb

Sample verb: ku-banga 'to do'

Present

eme ngi-bangaI do
eie u-bangayou do
muene u-bangahe does
etu tu-bangawe do
enu nu-bangayou do
ene a-bangathey do

Present Continuous

eme ng-olo-bangaI am doing
eie u-olo-bangayou are doing
muene u-olo-bangahe is doing
etu tu-olo-bangawe are doing
enu nu-olo-bangayou are doing
ene olo-bangathey are doing

Preterite

eme ng-a-bangeI have done
eie u-a-bangeyou have done
muene u-a-bangehe has done
etu tu-a-bangewe have done
enu nu-a-bangeyou have done
ene a-bangethey have done

Preterite II

eme ng-a-bangeleI did
eie u-a-bangeleyou did
muene u-a-bangelehe did
etu tu-a-bangelewe did
enu nu-a-bangeleyou did
ene a-bangelethey did

References

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