Languages

Luo

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Introduction

Luo is a Nilo-Saharan language spoken in Nyanza Province, Kenya. It's also spoken in Tanzania.

It belongs to the Luo grouping within the Western Nilotic grouping of the Nilo-Saharan language family. It is spoken by the Luo people of Kenya and Tanzania, numbering about 3 million, who occupy parts of the eastern shore of Lake Victoria and areas south of there.

Luo is closely related to Lango?, Acholi and Dhopadhola? of Uganda. It is not to be confused with the fellow Western Nilotic language Luwo? (spoken in Sudan); in addition, both of the aforementioned languages Lango and Acholi have the alternative names Lwo or Lwoo.

The verb

Sample verb: ndiko

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Future Perfect tense/aspect Present subjunctive Present optative Conditional Jussive Past perfect/pluperfect Past subjunctive
Sg.1 abondiko asendiko onegandik dipopandiko dandiko andik! nasendiko nonegandik
Sg.2 ibondiko isendiko onegindik dipopindiko dindiko indik! nisendiko nonegindik
Sg.3 obondiko osendiko onegondik dipopondiko dondiko ondik! nosendiko nonegondik
Pl.1 wabondiko wasendiko onegowandik dipopwandiko dewandiko wandik! newasendiko nonegowandik
Pl.2 ubondiko usendiko onegundik dipopundiko deundiko undik! neusendiko nonegoundik
Pl.3 gibondiko gisendiko onegogindik dipopgindiko degindiko gindik! negisendiko nonegogindik
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Future Past Imperative/Jussive
Sg.1 okabendiko nokandiko kikandik
Sg.2 okibendiko nokindiko kikindik
Sg.3 okobendiko nokondiko kikondik
Pl.1 okwabendiko nokwandiko kikwandik
Pl.2 okubendiko nokundiko kikundik
Pl.3 ok'gibendiko nok'gindiko kik'gindik

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