Nyanja

Facts

  • Language: Nyanja
  • Alternate names: Chinyanja, Chewa
  • Language code: nya
  • Language family: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, N, Nyanja (N.30)
  • Number of speakers: 9349471
  • Script: Latin script

Introduction

Nyanja is a language of the Bantu language family widely spoken in south-central Africa. Nyanja is one of the two official national languages of the Republic of Malawi, the other being English, and as Nyanja is one of the seven official tribal languages of Zambia, where it is spoken mostly in the Eastern Province. It is also spoken in Mozambique, especially in the provinces of Tete and Niassa, as well as in Zimbabwe where, according to some estimates, it ranks as the third most widely used local language, after Shona? and Ndebele.

The verb

The verb consists of a stem which normally doesn't change, and a pronoun-prefix which varies with the subject.

Sample verb: ona

 PresentImperative
Sg.1Ndiona 
Sg.2Uonaona!
Sg.3Aona 
Pl.1Tiona 
Pl.2Muonaonani!
Pl.3Aona 

More information

Nyanja verb list