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Get this from a library! Kirundi grammar: book II. [Betty Ellen Cox]. From to Elizabeth “Betty” Ellen Cox served as a missionary to equatorial Africa working for the General Missionary Board of the Free Methodist . Dictionary: Kirundi-English, English-Kirundi by. Elizabeth E. Cox be necessary to turn to the Kirundi-English section. N.B. .. interrogative (grammar) ku – bā ta.

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Looking at the Kimenyi text, it’s interesting to see how some of the vocabulary resembles Swahili-Arabic vocabulary. French, Arabic – Beginner: G51 Pogolo G52 Ndamba. Since Rundi grammmar phonemic distinction on vowel length, when a long vowel changes from a low tone to a high tone it is marked as a rising tone.

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What tips can you offer a potential learner? I’m so jealous, whenever he speaks it to his dad or grandmother it sounds so awesome. Rundi and Rwanda are closely related like Kirundl and Slovak. How far did you get? There are two essential tones in Rundi: Kirundi is mutually intelligible with Kinyarwandaan official language of Rwandaand the two form part of the wider dialect continuum known as Rwanda-Rundi.


Wow, I like that. Neighbouring dialects of Kirundi are mutually intelligible with Haa language spoken in western Tanzania.

F11 Tongwe F12 Bende. The distinction is phonemic. The Guthrie classification is geographic and its groupings do not imply a relationship between the languages within them.

All five vowels occur in long and short forms. The apparent lack of interest on UniLang is quite understandable in light of the mind-boggling difficulty of this Bantu supra-language.

This page was last edited on 10 Decemberat I’m unlikely to visit either anytime soon, though, so I haven’t put any kirudi into learning the language. I thought that with Rwanda and Burundi being further away from the coast, their language wouldn’t have so much obvious influence from Arabic.

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Meeussen described this harmony in his essay and it is investigated further by others. G10 G11 Gogo G12 Kaguru. G11 Gogo G12 Kaguru. Narrow Bantu languages by Guthrie classification. Somali, Kinyarwanda – Interested in: There’s a massive lack of interest in Sub-Saharan Africa here. Kirundi is natively spoken by the Hutu, although the other ethnic groups present in the country such as Tutsi, Twa and Hima among others have adopted the language.

Rundi has been shown to have properties of consonant harmony particularly when it comes to sibilants. Francophone African Sign Language.


I’m interested in looking at more Bantu languages now that I have some grasp on Swahili. It’s not that surprising.

Rundi edition of Wikipediathe free encyclopedia. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The next question is whether this influence came directly from Arab traders or whether it’s come from Swahili. Languages of the World 20th ed. Other than a little interest in the most “obscure” or linguistically interesting languages, it’s pretty euro-centric.

Retrieved from ” https: Tone can be a pain. David Zorc and Louise Nibagwire’s ” Kinyarwanda and Kirundi Comparative Grammar ” published in by Dunwoody Pressand would like to start a discussion on this dialect continuum of Central Africa.

To really learn a language you must discuss with someone who speaks it that way your improve your accent. Kirundi is frequently cited as a language where Meeussen’s rulea rule describing a certain pattern of tonal change in Bantu languages, is active.

Syllable structure in Rundi is considered to be CV, that is having no clusters, no coda consonants, and no complex vowel nuclei.