Acholi

Conjugate Verbs

Facts

  • Language: Acholi
  • Alternate names: Acoli, Atscholi, Shuli, Gang, Lwo, Lwoo, Akoli, Acooli, Log Acoli, Dok Acoli
  • Language code: ach
  • Language family: Nilo-Saharan, Eastern Sudanic, Nilotic, Western, Luo, Southern, Luo-Acholi, Alur-Acholi, Lango-Acholi
  • Number of speakers: 791796
  • Script: Latin script

Introduction

Acholi is a language primarily spoken by the Acholi people in the districts of Gulu, Kitgum and Pader, a region known as Acholiland in northern Uganda. Acholi is also spoken in the southern part of the Magwi county of Sudan. Song of Lawino & Song of Ocol, well known among African literature, were written in Acholi by Okot p'Bitek.

Acholi is one of the Luo languages, of the Western Nilotic branch of Nilo-Saharan. Acholi, Alur and Lango have between 84 and 90 per cent of their vocabulary in common and thus are mutually intelligible.

The verb

Sample verb: mako

Present Past Future Subjunctive Imperative
Sg.1 amako amako abimako amaki maki!
Sg.2 imako imako ibimako imaki
Sg.3 mako omako bimako omaki
Pl.1 wamako wamako wabimako wamaki / wamaku maku!
Pl.2 wumako wumako wubimako wumaki
Pl.3 gimako gimako / gumako gibimako gimaki / gumaku